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MOMO Challenge Awareness

We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and are being viewed by children across the school. These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and YouTube (including Kids YouTube). One of the videos starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode for example, but quickly turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language.
Leicestershire - Parents are being warned about frightening Peppa Pig videos on YouTube masquerading as normal episodes https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/parents-being-warned-frightening-peppa-2587384

Another video clip is going by the name of 'MoMo' which shows a warped white mask which is promoting children to do dangerous tasks without telling their parents. Examples we have noticed in school include asking the children to turn the gas on, to find and take tablets or to hurt their parents. 

Leicestershire schools issue update on Momo Challenge suicide game

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicestershire-schools-issue-update-momo-2585999

As you can imagine, this is highly distressing for the children to view. We encourage you to be vigilant when your child is using any device or watching any clips. We would also encourage all parents/carers to remind the children of our school online rules:
 

KS1: If it upsets you, switch off the screen and tell an adult.

KS2: Save it, block it, report it.
 

If you have any concerns or questions, please speak to your child's class teacher.

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