"Momo Challenge" Hoax and Online Safety

Thursday, 28 February 2019

There have been a lot of news stories about the "Momo Challenge” in the news over the last few days, warning of a risk to your children through social media. The specific challenge discussed is a hoax: there have been no real reports of users taking part or being harmed by this "challenge”, and both the NSPCC and Samaritans have debunked it (source: The Guardian).

Whilst this particular story is not a threat to your children, it is a timely reminder for all of us (students and adults) to treat the internet with cynicism: be very sceptical of anything you see or read online, and endeavour to research a story before spreading it. All of KS3 will be spoken to about this at the start of their next computing lesson, alongside a reminder about general internet safety.

If you want to read more about the hoax, and tips on how to support your child, we recommend reading this article: https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/momo-challenge-what-parents-should-know-about-online-crazes/

As ever, we recommend monitoring your children’s online activity and ensuring you have access to their devices if necessary, and fostering an environment where they can discuss online concerns with you openly.