Announcements

Internet safety letter

4th March 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Internet Safety – The MOMO Challenge

As you may be aware, a new ‘game’ has been circulating the internet which encourages children to hurt themselves and makes threats towards them and their families if they don’t follow ‘The MOMO Challenge.’

The challenge has been spread through YouTube (including YouTube Kids) and social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. I have been informed that it contains imagery and disturbing messages designed to frighten children into adding a WhatsApp number which is then used to provide ‘instructions’.

The following recommendations are laid out by Police Scotland:

Ensure you know what your children can access online.

Ensure children understand the importance of not giving any personal information to anyone via the internet, especially people they do not know.

Tell children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do.

Use parental controls to keep children safe.

Watch out for signs that your child has been affected, such as: If they are being secretive about how they are spending time online; spending a lot of time on social media; are switching screens on their device when approached; appear withdrawn or angry after sending messages; have lots of new numbers on their phone or device.

We will also be reiterating this advice at school. If you have any immediate concerns regarding this including how to approach discussing the subject with your child, the NSPCC website and helpline (0808 800 5000) will be able to provide advice, day or night.

We are going to organise training for parents on online safety and will let you know as soon as arrangements are confirmed.

Kind regards

Liz Wharton

Headteacher

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