Thursday, February 28, 2019

Q & A re: Online Challenges

Some students have mentioned "The Momo Challenge." It can be difficult to know how to address this as a parent, and while different kids may need different things, here are some general suggestions.

Q: What is it?
A: It's something online that has contributed to parent worry. Here's an article that explains.

Q: Should I educate my kid(s) about this?
A: No, not necessarily; we don't want to create fear or play into the hype of this. Instead, review what to do online if anything bothersome comes up (e.g., click out or leave the device and talk to an adult you trust).

Q: Should I ban my kid(s) from technology?
A: This is a personal choice, of course, but if you take away technology when kids share a concern, they may not choose to share things with you in the future, thinking they did something wrong. Consider increasing or changing adult supervision instead.

Q: What should I do if my child(ren) saw this online? Listen to their feelings. Reassure regarding safety, and encourage them to talk about this with adults, not other kids. Reach out for help if needed, especially if a child or teen shows a prolonged change in emotions or behavior.