Dear Westbrook Families:
Today several children expressed concern as a result of feeling uncomfortable and scared after having seen or heard about an Internet pop up or video called the “Momo Challenge.”
Some children’s videos and cartoons online, especially those visible on YouTube Kids, have been infiltrated with a scary-looking creature. This animated creature has exaggerated features and is at times reportedly encouraging watchers to do harm to themselves or others. This appears to school officials to be the most recent in a series of these unfortunate animations and grotesque creatures that surface from time to time.
We want to provide all of our families with this information to alert everyone to the recommended precautions. Brought to our attention today, we have listened to our students and have reassured them that they are safe in school and at home. We have encouraged them to tell an adult, immediately, if something is uncomfortable or scary to them and we appreciate that many have followed this process. We hope you will encourage the same in your homes.
We also want to assure families that our students are constantly monitored while online at school and no instances of scary pop-ups have been reported in our school locations. However, students are talking about this phenomenon and we are asking all families to be vigilant in following these recommended steps while your children are on any online devices at home.
- Provide proper supervision.
- Limit their Internet access to child or age-appropriate material.
- Limit the amount of screen time.
We are certain that by working together, we can keep children safe and knowledgeable while managing their use of technology. As always, if you have further questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school administrator.