Notice to Parents Regarding "Momo Challenge"

Notice to Parents Regarding "Momo Challenge"
Posted on 02/28/2019
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Dear Anna ISD families,

As some of you may be aware, there has recently been national and international media coverage about an internet challenge known as “The Momo Challenge.” Allegedly, Momo targets young children by encouraging them to text a number on various online applications (e.g. YouTube, Minecraft, WhatsApp, etc.), which then sends them instructions to complete a series of increasingly bizarre and dangerous tasks from watching a horror movie to engaging in self-harm to taking their own lives.

While there are reports that the threat of the Momo Challenge may be overstated, we felt it important to make you aware of it. Additionally, given the growing national media coverage of the Momo Challenge, experts on mental health caution that such hysterical news coverage could potentially prove harmful, possibly even inspiring imitators. It can also cause some students to be fearful or anxious.

We encourage parents who are concerned about their kids being exposed to disturbing images like the Momo Challenge, to have intentional conversations with them about what they encounter online. The following are some resources we have found to be helpful in helping our young learners navigate the internet, as well as tools for families looking to parent in a digital age.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child’s emotional health, please contact your child’s campus counselor.

Vince Sharp, Anna ISD Director of Counseling
and George White, Anna ISD Police Chief

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