Social Media Challenge & Online Safety

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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.