The Guardia Civil has advised parents to be alert for the Momo Challenge, a cyber-bullying practice that incites children to harm themselves. It spreads through social media and cell phones, police say, adding that they decided to alert parents after becoming aware of incidences in Spain following a five-year-old child stabbing itself in the neck in Edinburgh. Police say that children are encouraged to contact a user called “Momo” by whom they are then threatened and told to do something that will harm themselves.

Police raised the alert last year, with some experts believing that the Momo challenge is mainly a phishing exercise used by hackers but even if so, the methodology includes threats, suicide encouragement, and clear victims of physical abuse, albeit self-inflicted after incitement. And with the case in Edinburgh, police are again urging parents to be vigilant, and to talk to their children about the specific and wider implications of such viral campaigns, none of which are positive even if the number of children who have actually hurt themselves is still low.

36th International Music Festival of the Canaries

36th International Music Festival of the Canaries

The 36th International Music Festival of the Canaries will be held throughout the islands in January and February 2020. In Tenerife, the concerts will mainly be in the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín in Santa Cruz, but also in Teatro Guímera and the Conservatory....

The Brexit post: British nationals advised to consider proxy vote in mistrust at postal vote system as fears rise of snap General Election after UK is given 12 days to come up with concrete proposals for a backstop replacement

The Brexit post: British nationals advised to consider proxy vote in mistrust at postal vote system as fears rise of snap General Election after UK is given 12 days to come up with concrete proposals for a backstop replacement

Updated 18 September: With reports that Boris Johnson has been given a fortnight by French President Emmanuel Macron and Finnish PM Antti Rinne to come up with specific and workable proposals to replace the backstop for the Irish border, and with Parliament prorogued...

Walk for life 2019

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    Preparations have already been long underway for this year’s Walk for Life, which will be held on Sunday 15 December. Last year, a record-breaking pink wave of 5,200 including the mayors of both Arona and Adeje took part, raising €35.500, and this event just keeps...

Ten injured in yet another pile-up on the TF1

Ten injured in yet another pile-up on the TF1

Another pile-up on the TF1 this lunchtime has caused chaos on the motorway. Emergency services say that a collision of four cars in the southbound carriageway in the Granadilla area resulted in ten people, two of them children, needing to be transferred to hospital...

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As of...

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