As some of you may be aware, there has been international media coverage about an internet challenge known as “The Momo Challenge.” Allegedly, Momo targets young children by encouraging them to text a number on various online applications (e.g. YouTube, Minecraft, WhatsApp, etc.), which then sends them instructions to complete a series of bizarre and dangerous tasks from watching a horror movie to engaging in self-harm to taking their own lives.
Given the intensified media coverage of the Momo Challenge, experts on mental health caution that it can cause some students to be fearful or anxious. Internally, the IT Department at PCSSD has set up a filter to block exact searches for the word “momo” when connected to any PCSSD online network.
We encourage parents to take this as an opportunity to have intentional conversations with their children about what they encounter online.
It is also important for parents to know what children can access online.