The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health are recommending that school districts share information with parents and guardians to make them aware of the dangerous recent social media trend – The Momo Challenge.The Momo Challenge has reportedly been found on numerous social media platforms and gaming sites – especially ones that are targeted for kids – with the purpose of luring children into participating in challenges that encourages self-harm and even suicide.

The Ohio Department of Education recommends parents and guardians address this topic with their children in a manner that is appropriate for your family. We’ve included a link that may help you address this topic with your children:

We also encourage students and parents to report any concerns about The Momo Challenge – or any other suspicious activity in or out of school – to staff members.

As always, student safety is our top priority and we are committed to maintaining a safe and non-threatening environment where students can learn and feel comfortable.

If you feel your child is considering self-harm or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please connect with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, to talk with a professional. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Learn how to get your drug abuse prevention conversation started at StartTalking.Ohio.Gov