Last week a parent took to Facebook to talk about their child’s frightening experience with a creepy character on the internet. This post went on to be shared thousands of times around the globe, fuelling a moral panic amongst parents and professionals about a secret online challenge. Sharing these posts to spread awareness and encourage people to be on their guard may seem like the obvious thing to do, however, despite the best intentions of internet users, publicising the issue has piqued curiosity and created interest amongst young people where there previously wasn’t any. Young people may then go on to seek out information and, as a result, find content that may upset or frighten them.
Schools already play an important role in promoting online safety to young audiences and parents and it is safest to approach this with general messages about online safety, without naming specific websites or games.
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