Social media alert for parents

Social media alert for parents – Momo challenge, Blue Whale Game and Slenderman

You have probably been made aware of a number of ‘suicide games’ which have returned to the internet, YouTube and other social media platforms. Whilst we are not aware of any direct concerns about our students at The James Hornsby School we would recommend our parents continue to monitor their children’s use of social media closely.

How to prevent your children from engaging in the Momo challenge, Blue Whale and Slenderman:

• Maintain an open dialogue with your children about what they are doing online and the dangers of viral trends like this one.
• Monitor the things your children can access on the internet. This includes activating parental controls and checking search history.
• There are services available to allow parents to monitor WhatsApp. Please remember that WhatsApp is a 16+ app, or 13+ with the parents’ permission.
• Know the signs of distress in your child, is also a huge indicator that something could be going on behind closed doors. These include falling behind at school, loss of appetite and being agitated after being on their phone.