Officers with The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to advise the public of a possible online threat directed at youth.
An online trend that gained popularity in 2018 called the momo challenge has been recently observed by a few youth in our community. The recent videos have been embedded in popular online videos intended for children and may have some disturbing messages/images. These messages and videos sometimes include content that encourages children to harm themselves or others and not to tell their parents about it.
We encourage all parents to stay vigilant with regards to their children’s activities online and to maintain an open line of communication with their children about potential risks. It is important to:
- Educate yourself about the internet and popular sites or apps your child is visiting,
- Review all sites that your child visits or interacts with on a regular basis,
- Speak with your child about not sharing any private information,
- Encourage your child to tell you immediately if someone is pressuring or threatening them online, especially if that person says not to tell their parents.
The internet is a valuable tool that is constantly changing. Because of this it is important to regularly monitor and review your child’s activities online to ensure that they are having the best and safest experience possible.