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Posted on 06/06/2019
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Dear Families:

A recent social media challenge targeting children and young adults called the “Momo Challenge,” has created concern throughout our schools due to its disturbing nature. The purpose of this letter is to create awareness and provide families with resources that will help them start conversations with their children about online safety.      

We encourage families to talk regularly with their children about apps, games, social media, internet usage and the potential risks they may be exposed to. Sharing news stories will increase the viral nature of the 'Momo Challenge' and may spark curiosity in children and youth.

What can families do?

  1. Remind children and youth that anytime they are worried, or have questions about online content, they should talk to a trusted adult.
  2. Discuss the importance of not engaging with or following the advice of strangers online, whether a real person, virtual "person", or cartoon character.
  3. Regularly review children’s online activity and use parental controls on devices as necessary.
  4. Change online passwords on a regular basis to secure personal information. 

Resources (National Online Safety)

Our intention is not to amplify the impact that this “Challenge” may have on students and families. However, we feel that this offers us an opportunity to share valuable information and help build awareness to keep our students safe online. We have made this information available on our website mhpsd.ca and have shared these resources with our schools. If you require further information or wish to speak with someone about your child, please contact the school directly. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this important information.

Be Well, 

 

Mark Davidson

Superintendent - Medicine Hat Public School Division

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