TWO child suicides in Colombia have been linked to a sinister internet game that’s been sweeping South America.
Local media reports a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy took their own lives in the town of Barbosa.
RCN Radio claims the two children were playing a challenge based game — believed to be the ‘Momo’ challenge — on the internet.
It was reported the boy had passed the game onto the girl before his death. Both died within 48 hours of each other.
Last month news of the ‘Momo’ challenge swept the internet after it was linked to the suicide of a young girl in Argentina.
The online game has appeared on social media platforms WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube and led to police in Mexico issuing a warning to parents.
“Young people are accessing it, the game has several challenges, they are accessing them and in the end it leads to suicide to finish the game,” Janier Londoño, government secretary of Barbosa in the Antioquia region told the Caracol news outlet in Colombia.
– Staff reporter, News Corp Australia Network