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MOMO Challenge: Odisha Crime Branch Issues Advisory

**Cuttack:** The Odisha Crime Branch has asked parents and teachers to be aware of the deadly online game MOMO challenge, which claimed its first victim from Odisha today.

Parents and teachers have been asked to be aware of the game which instigates people, especially children to commit suicide as final task.

Some mischievous and criminal minded people circulate the game on social networking sites and monitor the status and profiles of others following which they target the people with suicidal tendencies.

In MOMO Challenge one unknown number having the profile of a girl’s distorted face with protruding eyes and wide mouth appears with a WhatsApp invitation.

As the MOMO challenge comes through unknown whatsapp number, the Crime Branch has advised to delete unknown link received on whatsapp immediately, avoid unknown number invitation through whatsapp and to block any unknown number that is asking for playing game.

A victim of the game can be identified if he or she is becoming withdrawn from friends and family, is persistently in low mood and unhappy, looking worried, not carrying out day to day tasks, shows sudden outbursts of anger directed at themselves or others, loses interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy and marks of deep cuts or wounds are visible on any part of his or her body.

The parents have been advised to,

1: Please keep your eyes open for:
(a.) Unusually secretive behavior of children mostly related to their online activity,
(b.) A sudden increase in the time they spend online, especially social media,
(c.) They seem to change screens on their device when approached,
(d.) They become withdrawn or angry, after using the internet or sending text messages,
(e.) Their device suddenly has many new phone numbers and email contacts

2: Keep close watch on the behaviour of your child/children

3: If you have found that your child knows about somebody playing MOMO challenge games, inform the parents, teachers, guardians of such children

4: Check with your child, ask how things are going. Ask if there have been things stressing them or anything that has them worried.

5: Monitor your child’s online and social media activity to ensure they are not engaging with this game.

6: Install a good cyber/mobile parenting software which helps in monitoring your children.

7: Take reports from teachers in the school at regular intervals.

8: If you fear your child may be at risk, get professional help right away.

9: Remind your child that you are there and will support them as they face life challenges.

10: Keep a constant watch if your child or child’s friends are involved in some violent act.

Likewise, teachers have been advised to, (a.) keep a close watch on the behaviour of all the students, (b.) keep the parents informed about the children who are suspected to be playing MOMO Challenge Games, (c.) conduct a random check of mobile phones of the students if the MOMO challenge applications are installed in their mobile phones and take necessary steps, (d.) keep a constant watch if your students or their friends are involved in some violent act

The Crime Branch has further requested media to not publish any unverified news and connect any death or suicides to MOMO challenge without proper verification.

**Also Read:** [Momo Challenge: Engineering Student Becomes 1st Victim From Odisha, Commits Suicide In Chennai](https://www.ommcomnews.com/odisha-news/momo-challenge-engineering-student-becomes-1st-victim-from-odisha-commits-suicide-in-chennai-)

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