What families should know about the ‘Momo Challenge’
The District is aware of the "Momo Challenge" in which a character named Momo appears on social media sites and entices kids to perform a series of dangerous tasks, including self-harm. There is no documented evidence of the Momo character with good reason to believe that this “Momo Challenge” is only an internet hoax. However, ensuing coverage, spread and discussion of the “challenge” via social media may still cause anxiety and stress.
We encourage families to take this opportunity to have conversations with their children about online safety and follow tips for restricting online access. If you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing, please contact your school’s counselor.
Use this as an opportunity to have intentional conversations with your children about what they encounter online. These discussions could include:
Reminding children to never contact strangers online, on any platform;
Encourage children to share any worries or concerns with you;
Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know;
Tell children no one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do;
Set privacy systems on devices with your child as a way to have the conversation about safety.
It is also important for families to know what children can access online. We have the following suggestions:
Set privacy settings for all social media and gaming applications;
Keep video games and YouTube watching in shared family spaces;
Set up video game restrictions to friends only;
Set up “restricted” mode on YouTube for your child’s account so inappropriate content is not available to them or stream YouTube content through a family-friendly site such as watchkin.com.