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Information about the Internet "Momo Challenge"
Posted 3/1/19

It has come to our attention that some children are hearing from the Internet or one another about the “Momo Challenge.” It is important to note that new challenges are arising on the Internet all the time, and we look to you, our families, to start the important conversation with your children about making safe decisions while online.

While there is currently no evidence that this particular challenge has resulted in direct harm to children, we do think it is important to understand and to be aware of current social media challenges, as well as how to best approach these types of challenges with your children. Below is some information to help you understand this Internet hoax:
 
CNN
“Parents, please stop freaking out over the Momo Challenge”
 
Forbes
“Don't Panic, What Parents Really Need To Know About 'Momo Challenge'”
 
Common Sense Media
13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About”
Consejos sobre medios y tecnología para tu familia
 
Learning about being a good digital citizen is incorporated into NVUSD’s curricula in all grades. We encourage our families to continue the conversation at home, and always be aware of your child’s online presence.  Common Sense Media has great resources for parents on everything from online security to a complete “Parents Need to Know” tab.
 
Finally, any parental fear about the Momo Challenge likely revolves around the unsubstantiated claim that it is intended to ultimately drive students to hurt themselves or others. If you have a concern about any child, 

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK
  • Call Napa County Mental Health at 707-253-4711
  • Speak with a school counselor, social worker, or administrator.