In light of the recent press and social media coverage, we are aware of the Momo challenge which has reportedly been appearing in children's YouTube videos, causing panic and upset amongst young people.
Many children now love watching videos of people playing games on Youtube or Kids Youtube or playing online games such as Roblox and Fortnight. This sinister and distressing video can pop up during these videos and try to entice children to do harmful acts towards themselves or others.
We have added a pdf document below to open and read, as it gives excellent advice to parents on what they should do or say to their children to counteract this. This has been taken from the National Online Safety website and is also on their twitter feed. We will be discussing this with the children in school to make them aware of the main fact that this is not real and to talk to an adult about anything that they see or hear that worries them while online.
We are putting this out to parents in order to aleviate concerns but without raising undue alarm.
We would also suggest reading the following article from the BBC News website and highlighting the key points below to parents.
What should be taken from this article are the following key points:
Police have appealed to parents to not simply focus on Momo, urging them:
- Ensure they know what their children can access online
- Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
- Tell their children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
- Use parental controls to keep children safe
It is vital that parents have regular conversations with their children about their online activities and create an environment where their child is able to share any concerns they have about things they have seen online that has caused them upset.
Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding e-safety for children, parents and carers.