A county police department in South West England has issued an official warning to parents to prevent their children from watching a particular animated character. The character in question is a blue bear named Huggy Wuggy. According to his name, this character who was born in a game called Poppy Playtime seems to be harmless but it’s actually quite the opposite. The horror game, which launched in 2021, is set in an abandoned toy house and players must outrun the game’s creepy antagonist, Huggy Wuggy. The Huggy Wuggy character is created to send shivers down your spine if spotted in a spooky way.
The bear is large, blue, covered in frizzy hair, and has razor-sharp teeth in an ultra-wide mouth. The character, although created in-game, has crossed the boundaries of the digital world and become a sensational figure on social media platforms such as YouTube and TikTok.
Take a look at Huggy Wuggy in a gameplay video from “Poppy Playtime”:
As a result, the police issued a warning to parents to prevent their children from seeing the character. As Huggy Wuggy has gone viral on social media, several creator videos on these platforms have surfaced. One song, in particular, has raised concern among parents of young children.
In the song called “Free Hugs”, the lyrics are disturbing and definitely not suitable for children. The song has lines like “I could hug you forever, until you breathe your last breath together” and “I’ll be here soon, sink my teeth in and you’re consumed.”
“There are videos people have made, songs people have made, and it’s popping up all over YouTube and TikTok. It’s based on jump scares and things you definitely wouldn’t want children exposed to,’ Chris Conroy, Cyber Protection Officer, Dorset Police, told Dorset Live.
The officer added that parents should be careful because content related to Huggy Wuggy could slip through the algorithm, even if parents use YouTube Kids. In the aftermath, parents across England also started receiving notices from schools, advising them to stop their children from watching Huggy Wuggy.
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