(FOX 2) - You might have heard of "The Momo Challenge." A sinister video pops up like an ad on YouTube or the app, WhatsApp, with instructions.
“[The video] tells them things that if they 'don’t do this challenge' this is what will happen to them - and the Momo doll is scary," said Dr. Sabrina Jackson. And it is popping up with increasing regularity.
Nichole Phillips' 7-year-old son, Nicholas, says he was just watching funny videos when this game found him.
"When my son came home and I asked him about it, he said the game told him to kill me," she said. So she asked him how the video looked.
"It was blood on the face and a black mask," Nicholas said.
Luckily he didn't carry out any of the requests. To this mom, this isn't any game she wants her son to be a part of.
“He told me they told him to turn the stove on," she said. "What if we would have all been sleeping?"
In Metro Detroit the Eastpointe police along with the Lincoln Park School District are being proactive, encouraging parents to have conversations and monitor their child's social media.
“As parents you have to let them know they don’t have privacy," Jackson said. "Because they don’t have privacy unless they are paying your own bills.”
And if you find your child may be susceptible to these type of messages, experts say try steering the conversation.
“What things make you feel good, how do we stay on that side of the street and stay away from negativity.” Jackson said.
The advice is always to be there, watch what your kids are watching and talk to them about what they see.