Huggy Wuggy, the postal police sound the alarm for the blue doll: “Content dangerous for children”

Attention! That Huggy Wuggy doll your children playing with is dangerous. The alarm is coming from police station and it’s about the sweet horror friend, all blue with red lips and sharp teeth. Newly created and inspired by the video game Poppy Playtime for children aged 13 and up, it no longer needs to fall into the hands of the little ones. The reason? Generates anxiety and fear in children. The alarm comes quickly later a study conducted for preventive purposes by the psychologists from the Cybercrime Analysis Unit. And it has already managed to trigger, in addition to the children playing with it, even the fear of the parents. The mobilization of mothers and fathers to the sound of social media postings, starting from the UK, has reached everywhere. Even here with us.

Here is what the director of the Italian postal police Ivano Gabrielli declares: “There are no crime prevention needs, but by studying videos and online activities we found it appropriate to issue a cautionary warning to make families aware of what it is dangerous content for children under thirteen years“. And then clarifies:” Several clinical specialists and the British police themselves have highlighted the need to increase attention, and the postal police have made their contribution. ” When did the concern arise? After Huggy Wuggy “left” the game screen, so to speak, and became part of the videos with comments and descriptions of the youtubers who were most followed by children.

Laughs Huggy Wuggy, with the moving body, an evil appearance and rows of sharp teeth? Shown on the windows of toy stores, maybe he’s happy to become even more popular. Despite the fact that the name evokes hugs, the doll is certainly not a friend. In the video game, dated 2021, he is the antagonist, the guardian of a toy factory. To win, the player must solve puzzles and trials. And at some point, she meets him. The phrase of the song that marks his entry? “Sharp teeth make you bleed. Never call me ugly. Hug me until you die ”. With these premises, it is clear why the video game is intended for an audience of over 13, but the boundary between the different platforms is difficult to delimit. Now that the stuffed animal is the king of several videos on Youtube and TikTok, available to the little ones, the matter gets complicated. Lots of youtubers who are kids idols, starting with “Me against you”, Despite the age restrictions, from 13 years and up, they show the pictures. To make fun of parental control.

“Emphasizing the dangers to the little ones at Huggy Wuggy – Gabrielli points out” is also an option increase parents’ awareness of the content that their children generally see online: you have to navigate with them, train them to navigate consciously and give them the right tools to orient and understand that world. “However, it is difficult for mothers and fathers who work and control everything from school to sports and leisure activities, to place themselves next to their children while surfing, after activating all the control formulas.

This story immediately brings to mind another. It happened a few years ago. Back then, on cell phones, kids and teens rejected a meme with disturbing features. That was it Momo, the image of a woman with black hair, a malicious laugh and bulging eyes. Below was the call not to contact her. A challenge with the fear imposed on children already at the time of the vision. Allegedly taken without permission from a photo posted on Instagram of a Japanese girl, it went viral. But above all, the viral fear it sowed was by encouraging parents to host their children at night in Latvian. Then it turned out that the image represents the upper part of a statue that exhibited in 2016 at the Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo during an exhibition with the theme of ghosts. The author? Keisuke Aizawa, Japanese artist who belongs to Link Factory, a company specializing in horror / fantasy special effects.

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