The District has recently become aware of a social media challenge targeting children and young adults called the “Momo Challenge,” which has created concern due to its disturbing nature. The “Momo Challenge” has reportedly appeared on WhatsApp, (a free smartphone messaging application), Facebook and YouTube. Some have reported that it has surfaced in videos that appear to be kid-friendly.
According to these reports, the “challenge” involves a frightening-looking avatar making contact with a child from an unknown number or name. The child is asked to perform various actions and tasks and provide photos as proof. The “Momo” threatens those who do not perform the tasks.
We have no reports of any Mohanasen student participating in this challenge, and it appears that social media companies have been systematically eliminating this “challenge” from their sites.
We encourage parents and guardians to remind your children not to accept any invitation to play a game from an unknown number and not to click on unidentified links. Please also remind your children to change email and social media passwords frequently and immediately block any unknown numbers inviting them to play. Most importantly, encourage them to let an adult family member, teacher or school counselor know about any disturbing or inappropriate content they may encounter online.
Be assured that Mohonasen has security measures in place to keep students safe while using district technology. Students are monitored by school staff while using technology devices in classrooms and access to websites with inappropriate content is blocked by filters.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal.