Internet Safety Alert

28 Feb 2019

 

 

Parents, you will be aware of intense media coverage of a particularly nasty online video/app called Momo.   

 

We would like to share the following correspondence received from Gooseberry Planet.

 

 

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About Gooseberry Planet:

Gooseberry Planet is an award-winning educational software platform that supports and enhances curriculum delivery for Online Safeguarding in Primary Schools.Gooseberry Planet has been developed with the whole school community in mind. ... Using game-based learning,Gooseberry Planet is totally unique

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Dear Headteacher

We have had many calls in from schools wanting handouts on the game Momo. 

Momo has been around for the last 18 months and is not new. The media have managed to whip up a bit of a frenzy amongst parents. It was originally an app, but that has been removed and it is now scary videos that are being distributed via WhatsApp, YouTube and online gaming (live streaming).


It is scary. Even I was sitting on the edge of my seat watching it, and for a 7-year-old? - yes, it would scare them.   Some simple tips are to:   

  • Turn off ‘auto play’ on YouTube

  • Ensure that your contact details are hidden on WhatsApp.

  • Make sure the ‘no fill’ option is ‘on’ within Fortnite

  • All settings within your Xbox and PlayStation are closed.


Although MOMO is not nice, I agree with the article linked below, that the media have over-dramatised it.

 

You should be aware that there are much worse things on YouTube than this - child porn within Peppa Pig, attacks, muggings, shootings and hard porn. Don’t spread the panic about Momo – get involved and supervise what your young children are watching, whatever it may be.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON MOMO


Please feel free to share with your parents

Kind regards

Stella James 
Head Gooseberry 
01865 366 464
Gooseberry Planet Ltd

 


 

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