We have received concerns about a challenge circulating on the internet called the “Momo Challenge.” While it has come to light that this challenge may be a hoax, like other internet challenges, the spread of information about the challenge can lead youth to participate in suggested harmful behavior and possibly daring others to participate as well. We want to share with you the information we know at this time.
It is unknown where this current challenge originated from, but through different social media platforms, children are encouraged to interact with “Momo” (a stranger), to receive and participate in specific challenges. The challenges start as more minor acts of bad behavior, like watching a scary movie, and progress to self-harm that can ultimately lead to a challenge of suicide.
We share this information not to alarm you, but to inform and help you have conversations with your children about this subject since they may be hearing about it from online sources, media or friends.
This topic brings to the forefront the message we all need to continue to keep in mind: internet safety. While the internet can be a positive resource, it also contains inappropriate content for children, and it is up to all of us to help protect them from things that could be potentially harmful for them. Here are some ways you can help your child through this latest challenge and promote safe online practices.
School District Support Resources:
School Counselors – Contact your student’s school
District Resource Officer, Adam Kirkland – Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 816-872-0030
Anonymous Tips – Download the P3 Tips App for free and select Kearney Schools to anonymously report a situation.
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