‘Stop saying her name, we’re going to be killed!’ Mother reveals her five-year-old daughter’s terror after creepy Momo ‘suicide’ character threatens to kill her and her family
- Mum shares distressing footage of her discussion with her children about Momo
- Online creepy character terrifying youngsters has spread to Australia and NZ
- Caiarama Ashby’s upset son told her Momo was coming to kill his family
- She shared the conversation to warn other parents about Momo’s affect on kids
- Have your kids been left terrified by Momo? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
A New Zealand mother has shared heartbreaking footage of her distressed children traumatised by a creepy online character which is terrifying youngsters worldwide.
Caiarama Ashby sat down with her five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son on Wednesday after becoming aware of Momo, a female character from an evil suicide game ordering children to harm or even kill themselves.
Her little boy had already come across the game dubbed the Momo challenge while watching YouTube videos on his friend’s phone at school.
The Auckland mum recorded the upsetting and confronting discussion with her youngsters, who both burst into tears at the mention of Momo.
Caiarama Ashby’s five-year-old daughter burst into tears at mention of the creepy character
Her son begged his mum to move house or relocate to another country after Momo threatened to kill their parents if he and friends stopped watching the video.
‘Stop saying her name, we’re going to be killed!,’ the distraught boy pleads with his mum in the footage.
‘I thought she was coming in real life to kill us.’
His little sister added: ‘It’s scaring me.’
The heartbreaking video of the scared youngsters discussing Momo has since gone viral on Facebook with 850,000 views, 660 shares and thousands of comments within 18 hours.
‘This broke me having this conversation with my children, whom I am living on this earth to love, cherish and protect,’ Ms Ashby posted on Facebook.
‘I recorded this video as PROOF that whatever this phase is, this Momo character or fictional person is and the REAL effects it has on OUR CHILDREN! It breaks my heart knowing my kids witnessed something so horrible.’
‘Stop saying her name, we’re going to be killed!,’ the distraught boy tells his mum in the video
Ms Ashby posted the distressing footage as a warning to other parents.
‘Sit down and have a quick chat to your child about this as they might feel like they have to keep it a secret to keep us safe, but really no child should ever feel the need to protect us when we should be the ones making them feel safe, loved and protected at all times 24-7,’ she posted.
Many concerned parents thanked Ms Ashby for sharing the emotional footage.
‘I had heard about it and seen the image but your post was the one that moved me to make sure my friends with kids knew about it and spoke to my nephews and nieces about it. My sister and I just started balling watching your tamariki how afraid they looked,’ one woman commented.
Another added: ‘I would have never known about it if it wasn’t for your video.’
Character Momo from an online evil suicide game is terrifying youngsters worldwide
Another woman posted that it has became an issue in the Philippines because a boy died after following instructions that was given by Momo.
Reports of Momo first emerged last year when individuals began using the character to connect with children via WhatsApp to send them instructions for the children to harm themselves.
The character would then threaten the children if they did not carry out the act.
Fears were intensified this week as it was reported that the character had appeared on children’s programs on YouTube Kids.
One Filipino woman commented on Ms Ashby’s post that creepy online character had become an issue in the Philippines because a boy died after following instructions by Momo (pictured)
Schools across the UK have since written to parents to tell them that Momo is popping up in seemingly innocent Peppa Pig episodes, as well as Fortnite and Minecraft.
A warning about the freaky character was posted to a Melbourne crime page earlier this week after Momo was linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy in Colombia.
‘We are urging parents to monitor their children, check their devices and have a chat about this,’ an administrator wrote.
‘Yes this sounds very much like the thriller movie “Nerve” but it has become reality.’
For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800.