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01st Mar 2019

Fake online news reports

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As you may be aware due to current news coverage, there are reports of videos/challenges being shared across the internet, aimed at young people. These reports have stated that these videos including “MOMO challenge” are encouraging viewers to self-harm.

However, reports from the BBC (see attached links), and YouTube (see attached links) have stated that these videos are in fact a hoax, and have come under the umbrella of ‘fake news’.

Nevertheless, we do encourage all our pupils, to be safe online and be aware of current issues, including regular and open conversations with parents/carers about internet use. This is an essential and effective method of keeping our young children safe online.

If you have any concerns about your child’s online habits, or any further questions, please contact Miss H Burke (I.T Technician) or Mr T Molloy (Computing Lead) via phone on 01252 725059 or email . Or seek online support via the UK Safer Internet Centre ( or CEOP (

Links: - BBC article for parents/carers - Newsround article & video for children - YouTube’s Statement

You will also find a helpsheet for parents/carers in the safeguarding section of the school website.

Kind Regards,

Mr T Molloy

Head of Computing,

The Abbey School