What is Slender Man?
What are the risks?
Slender Man is not a current hoax or challenge. He is a fictional creation, like Huggy Wuggy, Jeff the Killer, Siren Head, and numerous others specifically created to frighten. These characters have an online life that is often made up of rumours and tall tales which resurface every few years for new generations.
As Slender Man is a popular character, it is extremely easy to find related content on Google, YouTube, and most online platforms – even with parental controls switched on. This content can be disturbing if a child is not expecting it or if they are more vulnerable to this genre. There are multiple risks that may arise from children and young people being exposed to frightening content before they are prepared.
Much of the online content surrounding Slender Man could be considered disturbing or unsettling, especially for younger children. There are popular investigative videos on YouTube that discuss a violent incident tied to Slender Man from 2014 that are available even with Restricted Mode switched on. This story has been heavily sensationalised by media outlets.