Published: 27th August 2018
Bangalore schools to send out an advisory warning to teachers and parents against Momo Challenge
Primary and Secondary Education Department asking for a committee to be formed to check and monitor use of mobiles and check cyberbullying
After the Blue Whale Challenge, it seems it is the Momo Challenge that is giving sleepless nights to authorities in Bangalore. Schools are planning to send out an advisory to its teachers and parents of students.
According to recent media reports the game has allegedly already claimed the life of a class 10 student in Ajmer and with another case of a girl being contacted to enter the game in West Bengal being reported. According to M Srinivasan, president, CBSE Schools Association (that has around 120 schools with most of it being in Bengaluru), "I think one should not cause a panic by directly referring to this online challenge an internet phenomenon. One should proceed cautiously and not become the source of the panic itself. having said that I think a sensitisation drive is definitely needed," Srinivasa says he is planning to send a circular to direct teachers in his own school, Gear International School, Sarjapur Road and those under his association to be more aware and to monitor if any children are showing signs of playing the game.
D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (an association of around 200 schools) also says that an advisory to all schools under his association is on the cards. He, however, is of the belief that more than school and education authorities it is the parents who need to be cautious and constantly keep a check on their children. "Most of the time when any outward incident takes place, parents blame the system. However, it is their primary responsibility to keep take care of their children. Most of them are given phones, tabs and electronic gadgets and left to themselves," he says.
Shashi Kumar has also met Shalini Rajneesh, principal secretary, Primary and Secondary Education Department asking for a committee to be formed to check and monitor use of mobiles and check cyberbullying while also asking parents to join hands in the initiative.
The education department will look into the matter.
Shalini Rajneesh says "I am just putting it forward to the minister (Minister of Primary and Secondary Education). But i think it is more a matter concerning more of private schools that those in government schools where students have lesser access to such gadgets. It is definitely a matter of concern and we will be discussing the matter shortly. If needed we will take help from experts."