Internet Safety

1st March 2019
You may have seen lots of articles in the press and on social media
regarding dangers to children from the Momo Challenge. Momo has
been around for the last 18 months and is not new. It was originally
an app but that has been removed and it is now scary videos that are
being distributed via WhatsApp, YouTube and online gaming (live
streaming). More information may be found on the following link
https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
momo-online-safety-guide-for-parents/
We have been given the following guidance:
A simple tip is to turn off ‘auto play’ on YouTube and ensure that your
contact details are hidden on WhatsApp. Make sure the ‘no fill’ option
is ‘on’ within Fortnite and all settings within your Xbox and PlayStation
are closed.
Whilst we must always be vigilant to ensure that children are not
exposed to unnecessary risks we must be careful not to create
anxiety. It is important to note that films and games have age
restrictions for a reason. Children must be protected from exposure to
inappropriate content.
You should be aware that there are lots of unsafe things on the
internet. It is important that carers get (and stay) involved and
supervise what young children are watching, whatever it may be.