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'MoMo Challenge Online Safety Update

Dear Parents

 

I am sure that you are aware of the most recent Social Media Phenomenon ‘MoMo Challenge’. It has been featured heavily in the press and has been the focus of news stories across the globe. This ‘WhatsApp’ messaging concern needs to be treated in the same way as other online Apps in as much as, as parents, you need to be aware of risks and ensure your child’s Internet use is monitored carefully at home, with steps taken on devices to ensure privacy settings are used.

 

A spokesperson for the NSPCC said: "The constantly evolving digital world means a steady influx of new apps and games and can be hard for parents to keep track of. That's why it's important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to.”

The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing online safety with their children, as well as Net Aware - the UK's only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.

Among the most common signs to watch out for include children who:

  • Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online
  • Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media
  • Are switching screens on their device when approached
  • Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages
  • Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

 

If you are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with your children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.

 

Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.

It is understood the original artwork used by the hackers has been taken from a designer in Japan who has no connection whatsoever with the Momo challenge.

 

There are a wealth of resources available on the School’s Website to promote steps to ensure Online Safety, I encourage you to visit and read the information and use the resources available:

 

http://www.st-giles.walsall.sch.uk/online-safety-advice-updated-february-2019/ 
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