Warnings started in Langley, then the North Vancouver School District followed suit.
Now another municipality is out with a letter to parents as the ‘creepy clown’ phenomenon hits Metro Vancouver.
The Vancouver School District is out with a warning as the social media fueled ‘creepy clown’ phenomenon hits Metro Vancouver.
While it’s just a precautionary measure – the letter encourages parents to ask their kids to report any concerning images or threats on social media platforms like snapchat, Instagram or Facebook.
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Sergeant Brian Montague with the Vancouver Police Department says police are not aware of any creepy clown incidents in the city but adds the school district is working close with VPD.
Last week reports of clowns scaring children surfaced in Langley followed by a threat in North Vancouver to Handsworth Secondary on Instagram.
Social media expert weighs in
Meanwhile SFU Social Media Expert Peter Chow-White says the social media fueled phenomenon can make things more imminent then they actually are by spreading through online apps.
“Students are viewing lots of stuff on social media. Whether or not these things in particular are instigating or making copycats or getting students to feel fearful is difficult to ascertain.”
Chow-White says this is an opportunity for parents to chat with their kids about how social media is being used and the types of information being exchanged.
“It’s not on T.V. but it’s in your hands, it’s up close, it’s something you are sharing with your friends on your social networks.”
He says social media makes it feel more immediate.