March 01, 2019 at 05:27 pm
The Committee for the Special Protection of Children convened last Friday at the National Telecommunications (NTC) office to immediately address the so-called "Momo Challenge", a viral online suicide challenge targeting children and adolescents.
The Committee unanimously agreed with the Department of Justice representative’s stand that it is the duty of the government to secure the safety of all Filipino children from exposure to harmful online contents and activities.
As per the Philippine National Police (PNP), no complaint has been filed yet nor there are reported URLs pointing the source of the said challenge.
According to Department of Information and Communications Technology Sec. Eliseo Rio, Facebook already agreed to block FB pages promoting momo challenge and other similar propaganda.
Furthermore, the public has the power to end the ‘momo’ scare threat by reporting to [email protected]
any suspicious website proliferating suicide challenges, harassment and other harmful content.
The NTC vowed to direct the internet service providers to immediately block the reported URLs.
Another option would be to call PNP’s hotline 414-1560 or by visiting the nearest Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit or any police station to report any incident related to the Momo challenge.
At present, government agencies are working together to intensify information campaigns on digital parenting.