The other day I received this message in my Messenger inbox:
‘Hello, can you put a ❤ on your wall, without comment, only a heart, then send this message to your female contacts. After putting one ❤ on the wall of the person who sent you this message. If anyone asks why you have so many hearts on your wall do not answer. It is for women only to remember it’s the week of breast cancer prevention! ❤ Check your boobies!! Hold your finger down on the message and hit forward.’
My first thought was to ignore it, but after a while I realized that it annoyed me SO much. Mostly, because we on Momio tell our users that they should not send scary chain messages. Now you probably think that there is a difference between chain messages sent by children and adults. And that the woman who sent me the chain message meant well by bringing forward such a sad and important message: That we all should care about breast cancer.
Yes, she meant well. But to me there isn’t any difference. Both messages aim to scare the receiver.
On Momio we see chain messages that tell other kids about ghosts and living dead that will “haunt you if you don’t forward this message to ten of your friends”. If you don’t you’ll die. My “cancer chain message” had the same clear message even though it wasn’t written. You COULD die from cancer (if you ignore this message), and if you don’t, you should feel bad that you didn’t take the time to put a heart on your Facebook page.
Hopefully, kids on Momio will learn that scary chain messages should not be sent and definitely not forwarded since that will not prevent anything bad from happening. We see kids that truly believe those scary stories about ghosts and other odd creatures. So we ask our users not to send them, with an explanation why.
So please don’t share scary chain messages on social media, and please teach your kids why they shouldn’t either – no matter how well they mean it. ❤