Momo: ICSE urges par­ents to keep vigil on wards

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Kolkata: With re­ports of What­sApp mes­sages invit­ing young­sters to play an on line game ‘Momo Chal­lenge’, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Heads of ICSE schools, West Ben­gal, has called upon all mem­ber schools to urge par­ents to keep a watch on their chil­dren.

The As­so­ci­a­tion’s West Ben­gal unit gen­eral sec­re­tary Nabarun Dey said on Thurs­day, they did not re­ceive any re­port about stu­dent of any school hav­ing re­ceived such mes­sage, nor had the As­so­ci­a­tion been given any ‘Ad­vi­sory’ by the CID or the po­lice till date on the is­sue.

How­ever, go­ing by me­dia re­ports “two days ago we have asked the mem­ber schools to un­der­take sen­si­ti­sa­tion drive among chil­dren and their par­ents about the dan­ger, in­her­ent of cer­tain on line games like ‘Momo’ and ‘Blue Whale’.

“We are act­ing on our own and this is aimed at sen­si­tis­ing the guardians and the stu­dents about the men­ace of cer­tain on line games - ear­lier ‘Blue Whale’ and now ‘Momo’,” he said.

Asked to elab­o­rate on the sen­si­ti­sa­tion drive, he said, “we have asked the schools to tell the stu­dents dur­ing the assem­bly be­fore classes ev­ery day that they should keep away from cer­tain on line games.

“We have also asked the schools to ask the par­ents to en­sure they keep a tab on what games their wards are play­ing at home,” Dey said.

Dey, also the Prin­ci­pal of Cen­tral Mod­ern School, Barana­gar, said the sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­gramme had al­ready started in his in­sti­tu­tion.

There are about 150 ICSEaf­fil­i­ated schools in the plains and 30 schools in Dar­jeel­ing, Kurseong and Kalimpong in the hills.

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