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Anne Arundel schools send letter warning parents about 'Momo Challenge'

Posted at 8:50 AM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 08:57:52-05

A local school system wants to make sure parents are aware of an online challenge that could cause their children to harm themselves.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools sent a letter home to parents about the so called 'Momo Challenge', a viral character that's on apps like Facebook, Youtube and Whats App aiming to entice children to try challenges that involve self harm.

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Kids are then told to upload proof they completed the challenges to the apps.

There have been many reports the challenge is a hoax, but the school system is still urging parents to talk to their kids about it.

"Our school administrators, counselors, psychologists, and social workers are aware of this issue. I urge you to not only familiarize yourself with it, but to have serious conversations with your child about it and to monitor your child’s social media image. Please do not allow a search filtering tool or software to take the place of parental supervision," Anne Arundel County Public Schools said in a letter.

The letter continues to go into signs to look for with children and self harm as well as provides resources parent's can call.

To read the full letter to parents, click here.