As a virtual school, CMASAS takes online safety very seriously. One concern some parents have are internet challenges. These “challenges” have become popular and are often times dangerous. One challenge that has been in the headlines is the alleged “Momo challenge.”
“Momo” is a challenge that claims to be heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and YouTube Kids. The scary doll-like figure reportedly sends graphic and violent images and asks users to participate in dangerous challenges like waking up at random hours and has been associated with self-harm.
The challenge recirculated in the news recently, after parents claimed to find the character on WhatsApp and hidden in some animated videos.
The National Online Safety organization has some tips for parents who come across inappropriate or graphic content like the alleged “Momo Challenge.”
Tell them it’s not real - It’s important for parents to reiterate to the child that the image like Momo is not a real person, and cannot harm them.
Monitor what your student is looking at online - This is especially important for younger kids. If you notice your student is visiting an unsafe website, talk to them about why the site isn't safe, and best practices in the future.
Talk regularly with your student about online safety – It is important for you to discuss online activity with your student. Honest and frequent conversations will encourage your child to feel confident to discuss issues and concerns they may have related to the online world.
It’s important to note that internet “challenges” pop up on the internet regularly. It’s important to keep the conversation about online safety going, and make sure your student is making safe decisions online. Lastly, come up with a plan with your student if they ever come across inappropriate content.
If you need more online safety tips, visit https://nationalonlinesafety.com.