Letter To Parents – Staying Safe Online

March 1, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware, online content known as “The Momo Challenge” has drawn quite a lot of attention this week in the media and in social media circles, both across the country and here in our area. While it appears “The Momo Challenge” is more of a frightening hoax than a reality, the content surrounding it and being shared virally online has proved to be very disturbing to many of the young people who have come across it, particularly elementary-age children. Unfortunately, scary hoaxes (remember those creepy clowns?), as well as games and/or challenges that encourage young people to attempt potentially dangerous activities, have gained popularity in recent years and are continuously hitting the Internet. With this in mind, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind our parents to stay vigilant when it comes to your children’s online activity.

We encourage you to talk regularly with your children about who they interact with online and the sites they visit. Being aware of your children’s social media activity is one of the best ways you can help them navigate the Internet safely and avoid potential threats, be it cyberbullying, online predators, or simply material that is not age-appropriate. Parents should also be aware that young people often do not report upsetting online interactions for fear that they may be barred from using the Internet, so initiating these conversations can be important.

If you would like to better inform yourself on “The Momo Challenge” topic, please consider the following article:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andyrobertson/2019/02/27/dont-panic-what-parents-really-need-to-know-about-momo-challenge/#6b88a18c3a4b

We wanted to share this information with you because the safety and well-being of our students is one of our priority objectives and because most of the time our students spend on social media takes place away from school. Please know that online safety education is taught as part of our curriculum, and that any child experiencing threats, bullying or other upsetting behavior online can always seek help by reporting it to any staff member.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sal DeAngelo
Superintendent of Schools

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