We have been made aware from the media, police other schools of a dangerous and sinister online game:‘Momo’, that some children might have been accessing. The game encourages children to self-harm and has been dubbed the ‘Suicide killer game’.
NSPCC Response & Advice for Parents: A spokesperson for the NSPCC said: “The constantly evolving digital world means a steady influx of new apps and games and can be hard for parents to keep track of. “That’s why it’s important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to. “The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing overall online safety with their children, as well as promoting Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.”
Among the most common signs to watch out for include children who:
§ Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online
§ Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media
§ Are switching screens on their device when approached
§ Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages
§ Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices
If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.