How to help your child stay safe online

Posted by / Wednesday 20 March 2019 / Online
Young People from the Shadow Transition Group

A rumoured internet ‘challenge’ called Momo has been causing concern about keeping children safe online. The challenge, which gained notoriety through social media, is said to encourage users to perform dangerous tasks, including violent acts and suicide.

While there is currently no confirmed evidence that Momo exists, it is important for parents to know how to help to keep their children safe online. So how can you help your child have a positive experience on the internet?

Note: We recommend that you avoid looking up images of Momo online as they can be disturbing or triggering for some.

  • Set appropriate age filters on all social media sites, where possible.
  • Make sure you are aware of what websites your child is visiting and who your child is talking to.
  • Be open and honest with your child about internet safety and make sure that you both feel comfortable with what they are doing online. 
  • Ask for help. If you are worried about your child, talk to their school or a trusted friend for advice. If you are seriously concerned about their wellbeing, see our list of mental health helplines, or call 999 in an emergency.
  • Children may not be entirely aware of how their online experience is affecting them, so making sure you have positive conversation about online activity is important to making sure they feel safe.

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