A recent social media challenge directed at children and young adults, called the “Momo Challenge,” is creating concern throughout the country. The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of this challenge and urge you to monitor your children’s use of social media and games.
The “Momo Challenge” can be found on Facebook and/or through the “WhatsApp” (a free smartphone messaging application) and is disturbing in nature. The “challenge” involves a frightening avatar making contact with a child from an unknown number or name. The child is asked to perform various small tasks and then escalates to more serious violent acts, and requires photos as proof. Some tasks have even led to suicide. Students as young as first grade have allegedly acted on some directions from the challenge. The “Momo” also threatens those who do not perform the tasks.
You can learn more about the “Momo Challenge” by visiting some of the links below.
To assist you in considering age appropriateness for children’s use of technology and time spent on social media, I’m also providing you with some links that offer advice and assistance.
The Hooksett school administrators have informed Sgt. Gary Blanchette, the School Resource Officer, regarding these social media and internet concerns. This matter has also been discussed with Karen Landsman and Rosanne Beaudoin, the Library Media Specialists, who teach the students about internet safety and digital citizenship. Thank you for taking the time to read this important information.