Fears are spreading over the rise of a disturbing Instagram trend following the death of an 11-year-old boy.

A young boy has committed suicide this week, and the Daily Mail report that it may have been linked to an Instagram trend called the Jonathan Galindo Challenge.

The challenge has seen the rise of a fictional internet character called Jonathan Galindo, who looks like a scary dog and wears a dark hood, and asks children to perform dangerous acts, even including suicide.

If you see anything related to the challenge we urge you not to interact with it, and report the profile immediately.

Do not interact with the Jonathan Galindo Challenge

If you see any indication of the Jonathan Galindo Challenge existing on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or TikTok, we urge you not to take part in or have any contact with the challenge. 

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Like many other online dangerous trends such as the Blue Whale Challenge, this new trend forces people to complete activities that could have serious harmful consequences, even sometimes resulting in death.

Such challenges are often regarded as a new form of cyber-bullying which is extremely concerning, and we must stop the challenge from gaining any type of traction online.

If any administrators of the Jonathan Galindo Challenge contact you, please do not reply and report the account immediately.

Mental health support is available

If you have been affected by the Jonathan Galindo Challenge and need someone to speak to, here are some resources to get mental health support. 

Anxiety UK 
Call: 03444 775 774 
Visit: http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

Call: 0300 123 3393
Visit: http://www.mind.org.uk/

Call: 116 123
Visit: http://www.samaritans.org/