The purpose of this post is to inform you about the student “challenges” being shared throughout social media. Our student’s well-being and safety remains a top priority, and as a Common Sense Media certified district in digital citizenship, we want to make you aware of specific “challenges” noted in an article published by commonsensemedia.org that have caused concern in many school districts.

According to the article, specific “challenges” are trending among teens, going viral on social media and, “these stunts range from harmless to horrifying.” Below are some of the “horrifying challenges” that you should be aware of: (Article: 13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About, written by CSM’s Senior Editor of Parent Education, Christine Elgersma.)

Frightening Challenges

  • Momo Challenge
  • Choking/Fainting/Pass-Out Challenge
  • Tide Pod Challenge
  • Blue Whale Challenge

What to Do About Addressing These Challenges with Your Child

  • Talk about it.
  • Get them to think.
  • Acknowledge peer pressure.
  • Stay (somewhat) up to date.
  • Model responsible online habits.

Besides the resources available here on the Digital Citizenship website, the following District PBIS resources are available for you to use to assist you in speaking with your child about maintaining healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy learning:

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your school or reach out to EGUSD Student Services (916) 686-7780.