Parents, our district counselors have created a few conversation tips on how to speak with your children about the challenge. Please see below:
Tell Children It’s Not Real: Let your child know that Momo is not a real person and cannot harm them in any way no matter how frightening she may seem.
If Children Have Seen The Videos, Ask Them About Their Experience: This challenge could bring up fearful or hurtful feelings in children. Assess whether they are feeling scared about it or are thinking of self-harm because of the video. This can be done through the following:
1)Tell them you are glad they came and told you about the video.
2) Let them know you are always there to talk to them if they need help.
3) Additional parent questions for children (below):
Question- How did the video make you feel?
-Be understanding. Please tell the child that you understand the video may make him/her feel very scared.
Question- Did the video make you feel like harming yourself?
-If the child says yes, please ask them if they would feel comfortable talking to one of our school counselors, and we will give them a self-harm assessment. Parents, if you have immediate concerns about self-harm, please contact 911, visit our local Emergency Room or call an emergency crisis line such as The Jason Foundation, 615-264-2323, for assistance.
Question- Where did you see the video?
-Assess if they saw it somewhere at home or at school. If it were seen at school, please inform us asap.
Parents, if your child has a social media account, we encourage you to consider age appropriateness and exposure from friends or older siblings.
Please have a conversation with your children about:
- the content they access.
- the importance of NOT accepting any communications or invitations from people they do not know.
- not sharing personal information.
- Please continue to have regular conversations with children about Internet safety and monitor what’s happening on their accounts.
To learn more, please see links below. They are also listed on our website under ‘ Safety’.