The Momo Challenge is the latest in a series of online challenges that emerge and cause enormous concern.
What is the Momo Challenge?
The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body. Its sinister stretched features make for a disturbing image that could easily upset or worry a younger child. The Momo challenge is allegedly ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character asks participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide. Of course, the evidence for this behaviour happening is limited — there isn’t much evidence of a child actually being harmed and what seems to be happening is that the image is spreading because people are using the image in their profiles.
How do children know about it?
Children are hearing about the challenge through numerous sources online — the coverage that is happening in the news and on social media is also leading to old fashioned playground curiosity. It’s important to remember that the hype around these crazes often leads children to investigate for themselves even if they haven’t had direct contact.
What should parents do?
Police have appealed to parents to not simply focus on Momo urging them to:
It is vital that parents have regular conversations with their children about their online activities and create an environment where their child is able to share any concerns, they have about things they have seen online, that has caused them upset.
|Nicola Birch||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Nicola Roscoe||Deputy Safeguarding Lead|
|Meg Buckley||Safeguarding Governor|
Supported by Tom Ferry - IT Co-ordinator
Children are gaining access to and owning their own devices from a ever younger age. Devices can be great for learning and development, however parents should be aware of the content available online and the chance of your child seeing something they shouldn’t when online.
Pre-installed parental controls are available for most devices, laptops and consoles and are part of the system when you buy them. You can often download e-safety apps and software to supplement these controls. But the most important thing is to set the controls on the device itself. Below there are videos explaining the complete process of creating parental restrictions on various devices. If there is any devices missing, a more extensive list of videos can be found at link below.
Safeguarding Spotlight - online gaming
Fortnite is an online video game
where players compete to be the
last man standing in a post- apocalyptic world.
To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to ‘mild violence’.
What are the concerns?
You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the:
* Do not create a username that could give away any personal details.
* Fortnite offers three levels of privacy settings: Public, - anyone can enter your child’s online party; Friends—where only friends can join a party; and Private—which means that no one can enter your child’s party without being invited by the child themselves.
* Fortnite also allows for Voice-Chat to be disabled.
* Speak to your child about unwanted contact and tell them what to do if someone speaks to them in a nasty or inappropriate way, or asks them for personal information. Ask them to come to you if they are unsure about unwanted contact or have be exposed to something inappropriate.
What else can I do?
More sources of support
Fortnite – all you need to know: https://parentzone.org.uk/article/fortnite-everythingyou-need-know- about-
Safe Search Engines for Children
With no search engine being completely safe here are some useful links to sites that allow 'safer' searching.
Useful Links for Parents
To be successful in keeping children safe online, we need to work with parents to improve safety online at home. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Here are some useful links to help keep your children safe online.
See Safeguarding page for more information