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Weekly Spotlight 12/21/18 - Superintendent

Michelle Murphy, Superintendent

Parents and Guardians :

A recent social media challenge directed at children and young adults called the "Momo Challenge", is creating concern throughout the country. Rim of the World Unified School District is urging parents to become aware of this challenge and monitor their children's use of social media and the internet. To our knowledge, our students are not participating in this, but we wanted you to be aware.  The "Momo Challenge" can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and/or the "WhatsApp" and is disturbing in nature. The communications through the "Momo Challenge" begin with a chat that asks the receiver to perform small tasks and then escalates to more serious violent acts and request photographs for proof.

The "Momo Challenge" is just one example of dangerous "games" through social media that has a negative impact on students and their social interactions. Here in our schools and for you at home, it continues to be challenging to monitor and address the ever developing and changing topics related to social media.

Please contact your student's school Administrators with any concerns regarding this topic or any other social media/internet concerns. Please use Common Sense Media for great parenting tips. You can learn more about the "Momo Challenge" by visiting the links below. Please be warned that some of the images and stories may be disturbing.

https://www.wkbw.com/news/the-deadly-momo-challenge-are-your-children-playing-it

https://www.khq.com/news/law-enforcement-worldwide-warning-parents-about-momo-challenge/article_09653f3e-026d-11e9-a44e-03feaa5850ea.html
As the holiday season rapidly approaches and children may have more screen time on electronic devices or receive them as gifts, it is a good time to consider family guidelines for appropriate use. We ask that you consider age appropriateness for children's use of technology, time spent on social media, and overall reminders of family expectations for making good choices. Below are some links that offer advice.

https://www.parenting.com/gallery/social-media-monitoring-kids?page=2

https://www.safesearchkids.com/

https://childmind.org/article/media-guidelines-for-kids-of-all-ages/

Sincerely,
Michelle Murphy, Superintendent