“Momo Challenge”

Technology is everywhere--entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. A students’ access to technology and the internet is easier to obtain than ever before. Which is why student safety and their well-being is a top priority for Salinas City Elementary School District. We want to make aware a recent social media challenge directed to children and young adults, called the “Momo Challenge”, that is creating concern throughout the country. 

The "Momo Challenge" is an online cyberbullying game targeting young kids and teenagers through Facebook, YouTube, YouTube Kids and WhatsApp. It threatens children with violence if they don't commit potentially dangerous activities.

While there have been no reports of student interaction with it in our community, the Salinas City Elementary School District is urging parents to become aware of this potentially dangerous challenge and to monitor their children’s use of social media and the internet.

The “Momo Challenge” is just one example of dangerous “games” through social media that has a negative impact on students and their social interactions. You can learn more about the “Momo Challenge” by visiting the link below. Please be warned that some of the images and stories may be disturbing.

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What parents can do

  • Consider age appropriateness for children’s use of technology, time spent on social media and overall reminders of family expectations for making good choices.

  • Ask your child if they know about the challenge and engage in conversations about safe technology use.

  • Children should never respond to unidentified messages on social media and parents should advise their children to never share personal data, photographs or phone numbers on the internet.

Below are links that may be helpful in how you can ensure Cyber Safety.

1. Common Sense Media

2. Media Guidelines for All Kids of All Ages

3. Safe Search Kids

Your child’s school administrative teams are aware of this most recent social media and internet concern and will monitor the situation in their buildings. Please contact your child’s school if you have any further questions.