Parents in England are voicing concern about an app called ‘‘Call Blaze and the Monster Machines 2018” that seems, for reasons that are not clear, to facilitate phone conversations between children and popular animated characters that devolve into violent threats.
Danielle Ollerenshaw, the mother who broke the story, recorded the app leaving very threatening messages. Specifically, she captured a voice that sounds like it belongs to a deranged Batman villain telling kids that they “look afraid” then asking, “Is it this knife in my whirly twirly hands? Making you a little nervous? Ha!” Things take an even scarier turn when the app proceeds to inform children that everything will be fine “cause this knife is gonna improve your look when it’s sticking right out of you.”
No one is quite sure who is behind the malfunction, or if it’s even a malfunction at all, but it must be said that whatever is happening with this app (which is only available on Android) is in no way a reflection of the actual show Blaze and the Monster Machines. The actual show is currently in its fourth season and is meant to bolster children’s interest in STEM education, not murder.
Despite no one having any real explanation for the message, Tony Stower, head of child safety online at England’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, still took the opportunity to caution parents about the potential dangers that lurk online