We would like to alert you to an alarming internet challenge that is currently targeting children and young adults around the country. This challenge, named the Momo Challenge, has recently come to our attention. The Momo Challenge has caused concern among schools and parents due to the disturbing nature of the video. We would like to share information about this challenge and urge you to monitor your child’s use of social media and the internet. We also ask that you remind your children not to accept any invitation to play an online game from an unknown person or number, nor click on unidentified links.
The Momo Challenge is a game found on platforms including YouTube, Facebook and the app WhatsApp. It features a frightening character asking viewers to perform tasks that may harm them and provide photos as proof. The Momo threatens those who do not perform the tasks. Some of the challenges suggest performing them while in school. This is especially disturbing, as it targets children.
Here is a link that provides information on the Momo Challenge, along with tips on how to talk to children about the dangers of this challenge: https://www.heart.co.uk/lifestyle/parenting/momo-challenge-safety-tips
Please also refer to our Social Media/Internet Safety site to learn about other ways to monitor and help keep your child safe online. Here is a link to our site: https://www.basd.net/domain/1384.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important information and to work with us to keep our students safe and accurately informed. Again, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child's principal and/or counselor.