March 01, 2019
by: Rebecca Nicholson

I am sure many of you have been hearing about the “Momo Challenge” which resurfaced recently across social media. According to CBS news the MOMO challenge image is actually a cropped picture of an actual sculpture by a Japanese Special Effects company.

The original image of “Momo” is actually a sculpture called “Mother Bird” by Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa, which was on display in 2016 at the Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo. There is no evidence that Aisawa’s company Link Factory was involved in the creation or execution of the Momo challenge. Link Factory did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment. 

Lewis, Sophie. “Police Issue Warning to Parents after ‘Momo Challenge’ Resurfaces.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 28 Feb. 2019, 4:40 pm,

National Online Safety developed a great parent guide to raise awareness about the MOMO Challenge issue and provides some good advice for parents to have discussions with their children about making good online decisions.