We have been informed that the MOMO app has appeared in the UK. This is an app that has inappropriate ‘challenges’ and suicide suggestions. We would like to make parents and carers aware of this app as its contents are of great concern.
In a constantly evolving digital world with a steady influx of new apps and games it can be hard for parents to keep track. It is important that children do not use social media sites until they reach the suggested user age and equally it is important for parents to talk regularly with children about apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to.
The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing online safety with their children, as well as Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.
Among the most common signs to watch out for include children who:
- Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online
- Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media
- Are switching screens on their device when approached
- Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages
- Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices
If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.