It has come to our attention that there is a “challenge” called Momo circulating through social media right now. Many children are seeing this through YouTube Kids. Please emphasize that this is a fictional character with no power.
We encourage all families to continue to have conversations about staying safe 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 parents to know what children can access online. Here are some suggestions for families:
- 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.
- Look for digital citizenship safety tips – here’s an example: Online Safety Rules for Kids https://canadasafetycouncil.org/online-safety-rules-kids/
If your child has been exposed to the Momo Challenge and you have any questions or need assistance please contact the school office.