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Social Media Concerns - MOMO Challenge

​February 28, 2019

A recent social media challenge targeting children and young adults called the “Momo Challenge” has created some concern throughout our community due to its disturbing nature.  The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of this challenge, provide you with information about it, and urge you to monitor your children’s use of social media and the internet.  

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he “Momo Challenge,” a game found on Facebook and the app WhatsApp, and other social media applications, features a frightening avatar who asks its viewers to perform various tasks and provide photos as proof.  The “Momo” threatens those who do not perform the tasks. 

The “Momo Challenge” is just one example of dangerous “games” through social media that have a negative impact on students and their social interactions.  You can learn more about the “Momo Challenge” by visiting the links below.  

Wikipedia Link:  What is the “Momo Challenge”
Canadian Centre for Child Protection: Online Safety – Age Appropriate Resources for Staying Safe While Online      

Please be mindful of the amount of screen time on electronic devices, the sites and applications your child(ren) may use.  It might be helpful to have a discussion with your child(ren) regarding family guidelines for appropriate use.
 
We ask that you consider age appropriateness for children’s use of technology, time spent on social media and overall reminders of family expectations for making good choices. To assist you in these efforts, we are also providing you with some links that offer advice and assistance:
 
For Parents:  ProtectKidsOnline.ca
For Kids:    Zoe&MollyOnline.ca
For Youth: NeedHelpNow.ca

Should you have any concerns regarding this topic or any other social media/internet concerns,
please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Thank you for your assistance.

Terri Curtis, Communications Coordinator 
Brandon School Division
1031 - 6th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4K5
Direct Phone: 204-729-0388
Email:  curtis.terri@bsd.ca 
 
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