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Momo Challenge - update

Updated information from Children First – Northamptonshire County Council.

Updated information from Children First – Northamptonshire County Council informs us that there is no confirmed evidence to say the ‘Momo challenge’ is linked to violent acts or self-harm.

Northamptonshire County Council recently posted videos out on Twitter and Instagram, advising schools and parents to remain calm and not to panic. In 2017 the media suggested that the ‘Blue Whale’ was linked to 130 deaths in Russia and this information was questioned in terms of the truth.

Please try to keep calm and not panic why the ‘Momo Challenge’ continues to be investigated. We understand however that the videos circulating of the distorted lady are worrying if seen by young people, below Child First have put some advice together for parents:

·          Remain calm.

·         Make sure you spreading positive online safety messages especially on social media, unreliable sources and poor advice are being circulated currently on social media.

·         Make sure YouTube at home is being used near an adult with a time limit

·         Bedrooms should be digital free zones

·         Speak calmly to children about where they are going online

·         Do not get mad at children about this, but get curious. Ask lots of “how” questions and not “why” questions. For example “how are you going to keep safe on YouTube?”

·         This time reminds us to promote family agreements at home, the agreements can be found on Childnet International<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.childnet.com%2Fresources%2Ffamily-agreement&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C5af3723df89a495c6f4e08d69e43c454%7C4a99a0bcb72e4a8280c6e8b030f23ac1%7C0%7C0%7C636870411231169913&amp;sdata=zdYfHo%2FgHwoCvdCF%2BO22wuZhMzwktZMODkRnJrpSCRo%3D&amp;reserved=0>

·         We cannot stress enough how important it is to get children to think critically, and this challenge has really highlighted this. Not everything you see online is real, again you can run a session with young people around critical thinking<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.childnet.com%2Fresources%2Ftrust-me&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C5af3723df89a495c6f4e08d69e43c454%7C4a99a0bcb72e4a8280c6e8b030f23ac1%7C0%7C0%7C636870411231169913&amp;sdata=jrhjfOu7K1pKTjRSGBIrrqtoXmUH%2Bz3LDlNzbQBSJEk%3D&amp;reserved=0>.