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A message from Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams

March 1, 2019

 

Internet and social-media safety in our digital world

The 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 age-appropriate content.

  • 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 building principal.

 

Yours in education,

Kaweeda G. Adams

Superintendent of Schools

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