St Paul’s has accreditation as an eSmart school. This means that we have been recognised for providing and implementing programs across the school which assist students to become safe and responsible users of the Internet. Information about eSmart can be found here and you can read specific information regarding eSmart schools here
Read the School’s Cyber Safety policy Cyber Safety Policy
Momo is a viral ghost story to frighten people and steal their data. It is now being perpetuated as a ghost story in popular games and videos (such as pepa pig).
Momo challenge is a scam which uses cyberbullying on social media to harass and scare users to perform dangerous acts. Users are told (by recorded voice) to perform dangerous tasks and are also threatened by an automated service. A recent report links this momo to identity theft. The technology used is possibly similar automated calling services which will collect data about you. The momo myth is now being reported in popular games with people creating skins and gear to look like momo to scare and harass adults and children alike. To date no one worldwide has confirmed any harm directly attributed to the application – it’s a ghost story.
Please consider if a child is not aware of momo, spreading this information may cause children to search for it.
For students (and parents how to talk to them)
What can I do? Apply the 4Rs of cyber safety Reasoning, Resilience, Responsibility and Respect.
Reasoning: Question it?
- Momo means steamed vegetables in Tibetan or peach in Janpanese… that’s definitely not scary.
- Momo Is not real. It is a sculpture made by a Japanese Artist in 2016 made for a different purpose. He has not provided anyone with authority to use his sculpture. So he has been scammed too.
- It’s a scam. Why would someone want you to contact an unknown number and enter details about yourself? Momo creators have been recently linked to hackers scamming people’s data and identity.
- It’s a computer program used to call people similar t ones used in other scams. Like any other computer programs it will have a number of predetermined actions and responses whether it be using voice or text. It’s fake.
- Some people use skins in computer games to frighten others when playing (minecraft and roblox for example and post the videos to youtube). These are not momo.
- You are safe: It’s makers are not in Australia. They actually can’t touch you and you are physically safe.
Resilience: You got this.
Soar with the BIRDS: Block, Ignore, Report, Don’t feed the trolls and Share! Actions you can take immediately:
- Block the sender, number or user. You didn’t ask for this.
- Ignore it – it’s not going to do anything simply disregard it.
- Report it to the service you are using or to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Remember those people who are pretending to be momo in games are just trolls report people in game for using inappropriate skins.
- Don’t feed the trolls – don’t engage as they just want to hook you and harass you.
- Share it! You are not alone and we all make mistakes. Talk to you parents, a teacher or your schools cyber safety champion.
Responsibility: You look after yourself online.
- It’s a good time to recheck you do know how to block and report in the apps you use from phone numbers to apps.
- Run a virus check and make sure you have updated your devices to prevent a hacking your device. Talk to your parents if you can’t access.
- Also make sure you identify trust and responsible adult you can talk to.
- Contacting strangers is not ok online.
Respect: I respect others online.
- Be polite and use good manners online. Respect others and don’t forward it o or use the image.
What can parents do? Educate and engage your child.
- Momo is a form of cyberbullying.
- Understand online life is real life in the digital age for your child
- Listen and don’t panic or become angry.
- Ask if they have seen anything or heard anything recently that was upsetting online or heard about anything at the school. The situation will dictate whether or not momo is known to them.
- Parent’s should establish if they have WhatsApp is installed on one of your child child’s devices. Engage both younger and older teens as to who they speak to.
- Run through the 4 Rs of cyber safety (outlined above) if needed. You don’t want to adversely affect your child.
- You can further support your child by ensuring they have access to qualified and certified counsellors online 24/7 such as kids helpline. Consider book marking these and adding to the home screen of your child (outlined below).
- The office of the eSafety Commissioner can assist with cyber abuse and you can report directly here for children under 18 https://www.esafety.gov.au/complaints-and-reporting/cyberbullying-complaints/i-want-to-report-cyberbullying
and for all others over 18 here
- Contact the school Cyber Safety Champion, teacher or counsellor if you need further assistance.
The latest edition of The Anglican School’s Commission publication Cyberbytes has lots of interesting information:
- 4 R’s of cyber safety;
- Your words have meaning: how to have class online;
- Being upstander against cyberbullying;
- Completing a cyber check-up;
- Password generation and safety hints;
- Video streaming safety tips for teens;
- Fortnite scam prevention; and
- Positive use of technology – worry time and breathe apps by Reachout.com
Providing parents and caregivers with up-to-date and useful information is also part of our role.
Below is a list of valuable resources that are useful for teachers, parents and students:
Mrs Bolton gave a presentation to the Year 9s in their Flex lesson on Monday 25 February, entitled “Problematic Internet Usage”. The students were asked to consider if they believed internet addiction to be a real issue, and were shown two videos to demonstrate the lengths to which China and South Korea have gone to try to put a stop to internet addiction. A power point also dealt with the questions of How to tell if their individual usage could be defined as problematic, and what they could do to seek assistance if required. Parents were also sent a copy of the power point, and it is hoped that these prompts may stimulate conversations at home.