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Internet Alert for Parents

A recent social media challenge directed at children and young adults, called the “Momo Challenge”, is creating concern throughout the country. The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of this challenge and urge you to monitor your children’s use of social media and games.

The “Momo Challenge” can be found on Facebook and/or through the “WhatsApp” (a free smartphone messaging application) and is disturbing in nature. The “challenge” involves a frightening avatar making contact with a child from an unknown number or name. The child is asked to perform various small tasks and then escalates to more serious violent acts, and requires photos as proof. Some tasks have even led to suicide. Students as young as first grade have allegedly acted on some directions from the challenge. The “Momo” also threatens those who do not perform the tasks.

You can learn more about the “Momo Challenge” by visiting some of the links below.

“Momo Challenge” – A Dangerous Viral Game, Prompts Warnings to Parents
What Is the “Momo Challenge?” 5 Things to Know About the Game
Momo Challenge: What Parents Need to Know

To assist you in considering age appropriateness for children’s use of technology and time spent on social media, I am also providing you with some links that offer advice and assistance.

13 Tips for Monitoring Kids’ Social Media
Safe Search Kids
Media Guidelines for Kids of All Ages

The school will continue to reinforce digital safety and awareness specifically through 21st Century Technology and Health Education classes and in all content areas. Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. If you have any questions please contact me.

Matthew Benson, Principal

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