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Warning regarding the Momo Challenge

posted Mar 17, 2019, 4:27 PM by Shaun Britt

March 8, 2019

"Momo" Internet/ Social Media Challenge

Dear EFT families,

As you may have become aware through news stories or conversations, a new and disturbing avatar-based Internet game called, the "Momo Challenge", is claimed to have been appearing on social media platforms and in online games. It is reported that children and adolescents are being enticed by a user/character named ‘Momo’ to perform a series of dangerous tasks. These messages are cyberbullying and can be frightening and disturbing for children and youth.

The Halton Regional Police Service is aware of this Momo Internet trend/challenge and will continue to monitor.  

While we do not want to add to the hype of this type of Internet content, we do want to make parents aware. As always, student safety is our highest priority and we want to provide resources to help you navigate through this hoax/challenge, should it come to your attention.  If it is brought up in discussion or if your child has been affected by the appearance of ‘Momo’ through online experiences, the following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Always monitor and talk to your child of their use of the Internet and social media. Refer to the Technology & You resources on the HDSB website.  
  • Listen and encourage your child to speak with you or their teacher about anything they find on the Internet that upsets them.
  • Reminding your child of healthy coping strategies when they experience periods of stress and distress, such as exercise, talking to friends/family, exploring the outdoors and encouraging them to seek help when needed.
  • Correcting misinformation about social media, violence, bullying, mental illness, etc.
  • Inspiring hope that problems, thoughts and emotions can change for the better.

We thank you for your partnership in teaching and learning at home.  As always, please reach out if you require further support.