Amid fear over the spread of online game ‘Momo Challenge’ on instant-messaging app WhatsApp, the Association of Heads of The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education or ICSE schools, West Bengal has asked all member schools to urge parents to keep an eye on online activities of their children. Nabarun Dey, West Bengal unit general secretary of the Association said that they did not receive any report about the student having received such message but going by the media reports, they have asked schools to undertake sensitisation drive about the inherent dangers of such online games. “We are acting on our own and this is aimed at sensitising the guardians and the students about the menace of certain online games – earlier ‘Blue Whale’ and now ‘Momo’ - a game that features a scary image of a girl with bulging eyes,” 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 online 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, also the Principal of Central Modern School, Baranagar, said when asked to elaborate on the sensitisation drive. He mentioned that the sensitisation programme had already started in his institution.
Earlier, the West Bengal CID urged teachers and parents to keep an eye on children's behavior and their online activities. "We appeal to the masses to be careful but not to panic. It would put unnecessary pressure on the kids and their parents. Parents and teachers should check what the kids are up to on social media," Deputy Inspector General (CID) Nishad Parvez said. The game is being considered as a successor to the notorious 'Blue Whale Game' which had reportedly claimed many lives.