Some Irving ISD families have shared concerns about an internet trend gaining popularity among children called the “Momo challenge.”
The “Momo Challenge” encourages students via social media to commit dangerous and potentially violent acts and threatens violence if challenges are not completed. The Momo Challenge plays out on various applications such as YouTube or WhatsApp (a free messaging app that can block the identity of the sender).
As a standard practice, Irving ISD takes many precautions to protect students in our growing digital world. Irving ISD uses federally approved web-filters in addition to many other security practices including placing tight restrictions on YouTube.
While Irving ISD has these safety measures in place, we encourage parents to talk to your child about their internet use. In addition to implementing parental controls and filters on your child’s electronic devices, advise your child to notify you if they see anything bizarre. It is also important that children know that they should not attempt to contact strangers online, regardless of the method.
It’s also a good practice to keep video games and YouTube watching, two major ways these stories circulate, in shared family spaces. In addition, we recommend inspecting personal devices for the WhatsApp.
In Irving ISD, the safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. We will always partner with families to ensure our students are equipped for both academic and personal success.