Category Archives: Infants

e-Safety Concern : Momo

Some of you may have heard reports about the ‘Momo Challenge’ which has been in the news locally and across the UK over the half term break. Today a number of children in Year Two have been overheard talking about it and some children have spoken to their teachers about being frightened by it.

The Momo Challenge is a ‘game’ based on WhatsApp that will send people messages telling them to do things (challenges) ‘else something bad will happen’ to their families or to themselves. The challenges are harmful and manipulative. The profile picture associated with it could be quite scary for some children, even without being drawn into the game. There are reports of pop-ups for Momo appearing on websites targeted at children and also within children’s YouTube videos. There is a report on the Lincolnshire Live website (link below).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school.

e-Safety Concern

Like – Magic Music Video Editor
Following a concern raised by a parent, please be aware of an app – available for phones and tablets – which potentially exposes young users to risk.
Like – Magic Music Video Editor is a free video creation and editing app, similar to TikTok, that lets users star in their own music videos and share them online. All posts are public, though users can control who can message them – everyone or friends. There are concerns around suggestive content and viewers being able to send messages to individual video makers. Viewers can also share and comment on other users’ video content, which could result in inappropriate or mean commentary. During special ‘hashtag events’, users can earn real-world money by gathering ‘likes’, with the most popular videos appear on leaderboards and on the app’s front page.
Parent reviews on Common Sense Media are particularly concerning.