'THIS IS SICK': Chilling Momo masks are sold on eBay as social media craze terrifies MORE kids
By Nikki Black
Writer / March 04 2019
Scary Momo face masks are being sold on eBay for just $75 leaving children even more terrified following the horrifying social media challenge.
The full face Momo mask is being marketed as "lifelike" and perfect for parties after parents revealed their children burst into tears and even tried to hurt themselves after being exposed to the freakish creature.
The creepy character was being used on platforms including YouTube and Fortnite to issue challenges to kids - warning them they would be killed if they told anyone. YouTube have now declared the videos are a "violation of our policies" and have vowed to shut down any Momo videos reported to them.
This came after some parents reported the ghoulish figure popping up on some Peppa Pig episodes.
Police and schools all over the world issued warnings after reports of children as young as two-years-old being terrified by the horrible Japanese creature, who has been linked to a ghastly suicide game.
But now it looks like the dreaded craze has gone one step further further with the masks now up for sale online.
The horror mask is listed on eBay, with the description adding: "The mask fits for all, good stretch, durable, shrink, very easy to carry."
"Lifelike shape and realistic lovely looking, Super Funny and Hilarious."
The full-face mask is "perfect for Halloween party, Gifts, Christmas, Costume Parties, Carnival, Easter, New Years Eve Party."
An eBay spokesman said it will remove the listing from the buy-and-sell site.
They added: "eBay does not allow the sale of items that cause offence or are illegal.
"We’ll always remove items that fit that description.
"The safety of our customers is our number one priority and our listings policy is designed to protect customers first and foremost.”
MOMO SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN
How do I protect my children online?
According to National Online Safety in the UK, there are several ways you can help protect your child when they are using apps or devices.
1 Tell them it’s not real
Much like any other monster or fictitious character, it’s important that your child understands that Momo is not a real person and cannot control them, tell them what to do or harm them. Also, tell your child not to go openly searching for this content online as it is only going to upset them and cause them distress.
2 Be present
While it’s not always possible to be with your child 24/7, it’s important that you are close to them when they are watching videos or playing with devices so you can monitor what is going on. Also, talk with your child about how they use devices and watch for any signs of behavioural changes.
3 Talk regularly with your child
Have frequent open and honest conversations with your child about screen time and let them know that they can talk with you about anything and everything. Encourage your child to feel confident about having discussions with you about issues and concerns they have related to the online world.
4 Set parental controls on all devices
Set up parental controls for your devices at home to help restrict the types of content that your child can view, as well as help you monitor their activity. On YouTube, turn off the ‘suggested auto-play’ on videos to stop your child from viewing content they may not have selected.
5 Talk to your child about peer pressure
Trends and challenges can be tempting for kids to take part in regardless of how scary they seem and especially if ‘everyone else is doing it.’ Talk to your chuld about how they don’t need to bow to peer pressure or do anything they are not comfortable with, either online or offline. If they are unsure, encourage them to talk to you or another trusted adult.
6 Do your research
As a parent it’s natural to feel worried for your children’s safety, in the online or offline world. However remember not everything you see online is true. Check the validity of the source and be mindful of what you share as it may cause unfounded worries.
7 Report and block
Flag and report any material you deem to be inappropriate or harmful as soon as you come across it. You should also block the account/content to prevent your child from seeing it.
8 Get support if necessary
Speak with educators at your child’s school if you have concerns regarding their online activity. If your child sees something distressing it is important they know who to turn to for support and guidance. They can also contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.