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Odisha police warns against playing killer ‘Momo Challenge’

Bhubaneswar:1/9/18 :Amid reports of the death of an engineering student due to ‘Momo challenge’, the Odisha police today issued an advisory warning people, especially the youngsters to stay away from the ‘killer’ online game, which is now going viral on social media.

The Crime Branch of the State police has issued a precautionary notice urging parents and teachers to keep an eye on their online activities.

The game lures player to add an unknown contact on WhatsApp by the name of ‘Momo’. Once the contact is added, the image of a terrifying Japanese ‘Momo’ doll with bulging eyes appears in the contact list. The game controller then entices the player to perform a series of challenges including suicide.

Here’s how you can know:

  1. Unknown link coming to your WhatsApp number should be deleted immediately
  2. Unknown invitation through WhatsApp may be avoided.
  3. If some unknown number is asking for playing the game then simply block the number

Signs and symptoms of victims:

  1. Becoming withdrawn from friends and family
  2. Persistent low mood and unhappiness
  3. Looking worried
  4. Not carrying out day to day tasks
  5. Sudden outburst of anger directed at themselves or others
  6. Loss of interest in activities that may used to enjoy
  7. Visible marks like deep cuts or wounds on any part of the body of the child

Advice to Parents:

  1. Unusually secretive behaviour of children mostly related to their online activity
  2. A sudden increase in the time they spend online, especially social ,media
  3. They seems to change screens on their device when approached
  4. They become withdrawn or angry, after using the internet or sending the text messages
  5. Their device suddenly has many new phone numbers and email contacts

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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