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Welcome to St. Mary's C.E. Middle School ~ Theme for Week: Tolerance (British Value)

Welcome to St Mary's C.E. Middle School

Thank you for visiting the website for St. Mary's C.E. Middle School. We are a 9-13 middle school situated on the outskirts of Puddletown, a small village in the beautiful Dorset countryside. We are a church school with an ethos built on the core Christian values of respect, forgiveness, justice, uniqueness, equality and acceptance.

Our aim is to give every pupil the chance to achieve their God given potential in all areas of their life and we are proud to have been assessed as an outstanding church school in our last two Church of England inspections. We expect the highest standards in both academic work and behaviour and we place our children at the centre of everything we do.

The pupils, staff and governors are very proud of our school and we hope that this website will allow you to see why. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you in person.

Momo Advice

Parental Advice over Momo (treat on both 'WhatsApp' and You Tube

Please see below the article that we have been sent today regarding a potential risk to pupils using the Internet either unsupervised or whose privacy settings are not set-up to keep them fully protected.  There has been no reported incidents of any of these videos being sent to pupils at St. Mary's but I am aware that several children have gone home this evening upset or scared by things they have heard other pupils talking about.  I would strongly suggest that you talk to your child about their cyber-safety, including from this particular app, and report any incidents of actual video messages received directly to the school safeguarding team.  The message below suggests simple privacy setting checks that you can do to protect your child from this and other harmful material.

Momo has been around for the last 18 months and is not new.  The media have managed to whip up a bit of a frenzy amongst parents.  It was originally an app but that has been removed and it is now scary videos that are being distributed via WhatsApp, YouTube and online gaming (live streaming).

It is scary.  Even I was sitting on the edge of my seat watching it, and for a 7-year-old? - yes, it would scare them.  A simple tip is to turn off ‘auto play’ on YouTube and ensure that your contact details are hidden on WhatsApp.  Make sure the ‘no fill’ option is ‘on’ within Fortnite and all settings within your Xbox and PlayStation are closed.

Although MOMO is not nice, I agree with the article linked below, that the media have over-dramatised it.  You should be aware that there are much worse things on YouTube than this - child porn within Pepper Pig, attacks, muggings, shootings and hard porn.  Don’t spread the panic about Momo – get involved and supervise what your young children are watching, whatever it may be.

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/momo-challenge-game-deaths-suicide-moral-panic/?fbclid=IwAR2VmsP59BOWfZYNPeOkQuk5V7UdnO_Lnzztl_BhyQrqlGtLBT4Z4CN07as

 

This is the image used in the Momo videos or on the WhatsApp requests.

 

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