March 1, 2019
Internet and social-media safety in our
City School District of Albany has become aware of concerns from
students and families related to the so-called “Momo Challenge.” This
appears to be the latest occurrence in the disturbing social-media trend
of targeting children and teen-agers with inappropriate messaging and
content. Online images associated
with “Momo” have caused uneasiness for some, and this particular
social-media trend has been widely reported on by media locally,
nationally and internationally.
I am writing to bring this matter to your attention,
both so you are aware of this specific matter in case your children
bring it up, as well as the broader issue of helping your children learn
to use the internet and social media safely. We offer the following
suggestions for you to follow at home:
If your children ask about “Momo,” reassure them
that “Momo” is not real.
Be sure that electronic devices are restricted to
Keep your internet-connected devices in an open
area where you can supervise children when they are on the web and
playing online games. Be aware of the apps they are using and the
websites they are visiting.
Remind your children to let you or another adult
know immediately if they view or learn about any inappropriate or
upsetting content online or via social media.
Remind your children not to give out personal
information, especially online or via social media.
We have made our principals aware of this information
and will continue to do our part at school to help teach all of our
students about internet and social media safety.
You also can refer to these online resources for parents and
guardians to find more guidance and advice on helping your children be
safe and knowledgeable digital citizens:
If you have any questions, please talk with your
Yours in education,
Kaweeda G. Adams
Superintendent of Schools