Dear parents and carers,

It has come to our attention that some students at Westgrove have encountered a very serious threat through the chat app WhatsApp. The ‘Chat-bot’ MoMo is a virtual character that can be contacted through the app and is being marketed to children as a ‘Horror game’. Once contacted, MoMo steals personal information and holds it to ransom until a set of violent and dangerous challenges are completed. The ‘Chat-bot’ encourages self-harm, sends graphic and violent images and bullies and coerces negative behaviour.

We would encourage all parents / carers to check on your child’s use of games, apps and other internet applications, in particular WhatsApp / MoMo to ensure that what your child is accessing is appropriate. Unfortunately there have been some reported cases in the news of children who have come to significant harm because of their involvement with this app.

Please contact Mr Camilleri for further information or if you have any questions about this.

Yours truly

Kerrie Slaymaker

(Assistant Principal – Student Wellbeing)