FEBRUARY 28, 2019
TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
FROM: SHERIFF LELAND FALCON
SUBJECT: SHERIFF CAUTIONS PARENTS ON SOCIAL
MEDIA PUBLICATION REGARDING – "MOMO CHALLENGE”
NAPOLEONVILLE – Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland
Falcon wants to caution parents of school age children to be on the lookout for
a particular publication known as "MOMO
CHALLENGE”, which has made its way
onto a number of social media sites in recent days.
The "MOMO CHALLENGE”
is an internet ghost story where kids get a text message on their phone via
"What’s APP, You Tube or some other form of digital communication. It is accompanied by a strange photo of a
face with unusual and alarming features and a request for the child to
accomplish a particular task. It
requires the child to provide video proof that the task was accomplished. If the task is not completed, there will be
some form of misfortune that the child will suffer. In some cases, children have been instructed
to commit suicide and provides some methods to do so.
It is extremely important that parents stress to their
children not to attempt to contact strangers on any type of social networking
sites or by cell.
Parents are urged to sit with their children and
install privacy settings on their communication devices. This is a great way to have that conversation
with your children and agree to immediate and automatic precautions.
Kids need to be instructed and understand that if this
type of material surfaces on their devices, they need to immediately contact
"Fostering an atmosphere of openness and transparency
about online activity ensures that children can continue to thrive”. If parents notice their children switching
screens on their devices when approached or new numbers or email addresses
suddenly appear, they should have a conversation with their children and
immediately inspect their devices.
CHALLENGE” is a very powerful image and can instill fear in a child’s mind. It is not only real and very influential, but
it is here.
Again, Sheriff Falcon urges all parents to pay close
attention to your child’s online activity and to take immediate steps to have
them disassociate themselves with this form of dangerous material.
Always, if you have any questions, need any assistance
or need any additional information concerning this News Release, contact Sheriff
Leland Falcon or Public Information Officer, Lonny Cavalier at 985-369-7281.