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A Message from the Superintendent: Momo Challenge

Dear Families,

The “Momo Challenge” is the latest social media challenge directed at children and young adults. We are urging families to become aware of this challenge and to use this as a reminder to speak to your children about internet safety and to monitor your children’s use of social media, gaming and the internet.

The “Momo Challenge” can be found on various social media and gaming platforms and is disturbing in nature. The communications through the “Momo Challenge” begin with a chat that asks the receiver to perform small tasks and then escalates to more serious violent acts and request photographs for proof.  If the “Momo Challenge” is true, it is just one example of dangerous “games” through social media that has a negative impact on students and their social interactions. There are many reports that the "Momo Challenge" is a viral hoax.  

Fostering an atmosphere of openness and transparency about online safety and activity ensures that children can thrive. Please take the time to speak explicitly about internet safety with your children. Review the attached resource from National Online Safety regarding various tips for parents and the Rules ‘N Tools Checklist to help guide your conversation.

If you would like additional resources, please check out the website https://internetsafety101.org/parentsguidetosocialmedia.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s school. We have additional resources and support services available to support you and your children.

Sincerely,

Chris Pettograsso
Superintendent

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