Dangerous 'Momo' Game Spreads on Smart Phone Applications

PANAMA CITY, Fla - A new internet game encourages it's users to commit suicide. The frightening challenge is said to have started on Facebook then spread elsewhere.

"We know that the average child is spending about 40 hours per week online," said Monique Gorman, Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

These days it seems like there's an app on your phone for just about anything. 

"All these apps aren't appropriate for young children, even games that are age appropriate if there's a messaging component there's a risk for our children if they're using those," said Gorman. 

A trending challenge called 'Momo' is threatening children who engages in the game. The game apparently began on Facebook and spread to the 'WhatsApp'.

"The more we progress with electronics the younger kids have electronics and there's people out there who are looking to take advantage of those children all day everyday," said Jeremy Mathis Bay County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant. 

Local law enforcement said it's always important to be aware of what your child is doing on their phone or online. 

"The way i try to explain it to parents is you monitor who your kids bring to your house, you monitor who your kids are leaving your house with, you monitor who your kids are associating themselves with," said Mathis. 

And here's why..

"Online anybody can be anyone they want to be," said Mathis. 

And that's why monitoring a child's phone can be a smart idea.

"A lot of our kids are hiding what they're doing from their parents so if they're going to have that device make sure they have some type of monitoring system on that," said Gorman. 

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