Parents Be Advised

Parents Be Advised "the 'Momo Challenge'

Parents Be Advised

Gilpin School Community,

School personnel want students and parents to be advised of a trending item on social media that may encourage youth suicide.

Wikipedia reports that “the ‘Momo Challenge’ is a hoax about a nonexistent Internet challenge that was spread by users on Facebook and media outlets. It was reported that children and adolescents were being enticed by a user named Momo to perform a series of dangerous tasks including violent attacks and suicide.”

Initially, the Momo Challenge surfaced in July 2018 with little evidence it was causing children and adolescents to act in response to the challenge. The Momo Challenge has resurfaced on social media during February 2019.

An Internet search will produce a number of sources describing the Momo Challenge. Among the sources, CNN reports the Momo Challenge is a hoax. Yet, the report explains incidents where Youtube and Whatsapp have been utilized to perpetuate the hoax. Access the CNN report at:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/28/health/momo-challenge-youtube-trnd/index.html

National Online Safety provides a Momo Challenge guide for parent and guardian awareness at

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/momo-online-safety-guide-for-parents/

Social media access continues to escalate among adolescents and the exposure for younger children to social media continues to expand. School personnel provide this Momo Challenge information for parent awareness and the National Online Safety guide as a parent resource. The guide includes tips to better monitor online activity and gives information so parents can have informed conversations with their children about online safety.

School personnel are available to students and parents. Contact Heather Huntoon, Elementary Principal,hhuntoon@gilpin.k12.co.us ; Alexis Donaldson, Secondary Principal, adonaldson@gilpin.k12.co.us ; Kim Cobb, Counselor,kcobb@gilpin.k12.co.us ; Scott Rovner, Psychologist, srovner@mtevansboces.com ; and Michele Bradley, School-Based Therapist; mbradley@gilpin.k12.co.us . Call the district main number, 303-582-3444, and your call will be transferred.

Students or parents can make an anonymous report to Safe2Tell at https://safe2tell.org/ or 1-877-542-7233 when they believe someone is a safety threat to themself or others.

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