What is Slender Man? A Guide for Parents

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What is Slender Man? A Guide for Parents

May 2, 2018

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The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and encourages students to do dangerous things.

What is the Slender Man?

  • The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and has made an impact on pop culture
  • Creepypasta.wikia.com is a website that is home to user-generated horror legends or images that have been copy and pasted around the internet
  • The character started as a challenge on a web forum. Users were challenged to photoshop everyday photos to appear paranormal
  • Within 2 years, the character had become so popular that the creator couldn’t believe how widespread it had become
  • The character is portrayed as a tall, thin, and faceless man in a black suit
  • He goes around traumatizing people, targeting children
  • There is a symbol associated with the character that is heavily used in his depictions
  • Since the Slender Man isn’t tied to a specific narrative, he can be seen depicted in several video games (like Minecraft and the Slender Man app on iOS) and movies
  • He can look different depending on the storyteller but he is usually seen in a forest and has long tentacle arms
  • In most stories, the Slender Man usually has the ability to teleport and children who are targeted by him are driven insane or act on his behalf
  • The motive of the Slender Man is usually mysterious and vague. He can either protect certain children like a guardian angel or attack them

The Slender Man in the news

Two girls allegedly stabbed their classmate 19 times in what investigators described as a sacrifice intended to please Slenderman, which they had discovered on a horror story website. –CBS News
[The teen who stabbed a classmate] told police she first encountered Slender Man as a secondary character in a Minecraft video. –NY Mag
For whatever reason, Slender Man does seem to have resonated particularly among teenagers; perhaps that’s the demographic most susceptible to scary stories, or perhaps they’re the people frequenting sites like Creepypasta most often. –Washington Post

Why should parents care about Slender Man?

  • Although he is fictitious, the Slender Man can be very influential
  • In 2014, two tween girls stabbed a classmate and claimed it was in an attempt to act on behalf of the Slender Man after reading about him online. The girls were tried and convicted as adults
  • In 2014, a mother reported that her teenage daughter attacked her with a knife and the Slender Man motivated the attack
  • A few years ago, police reported that a teen had lit their family’s house on fire while their family was inside in connection with the Slender Man
  • Slender Man is so popular that it has become a common Halloween costume
  • According to the HBO documentary “Beware the Slenderman”, most American kids know about the Slender Man
  • There is a horror movie coming out in 2018 about the Slender Man which will increase his popularity

What can parents do about Slender Man?

  • Talk to your children about the Slender Man and ask them whether or not they know about him. Ensure that your children know that he is not real
  • Teach your students about urban legends and how to decipher what is fake from what is real
  • If your student talks about the Slender Man, consider discussing the issue with your school. Chances are if your student is aware of the character, other students are too and having a strategy in place can prevent an incident from occurring
  • Ensure that your children know that they can always come to you or a trusted adult if they have questions or want to talk
  • Learn about viral trends so that you can stay one step ahead of your teen

The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and encourages students to do dangerous things.

What is the Slender Man?

  • The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and has made an impact on pop culture
  • Creepypasta.wikia.com is a website that is home to user-generated horror legends or images that have been copy and pasted around the internet
  • The character started as a challenge on a web forum. Users were challenged to photoshop everyday photos to appear paranormal
  • Within 2 years, the character had become so popular that the creator couldn’t believe how widespread it had become
  • The character is portrayed as a tall, thin, and faceless man in a black suit
  • He goes around traumatizing people, targeting children
  • There is a symbol associated with the character that is heavily used in his depictions
  • Since the Slender Man isn’t tied to a specific narrative, he can be seen depicted in several video games (like Minecraft and the Slender Man app on iOS) and movies
  • He can look different depending on the storyteller but he is usually seen in a forest and has long tentacle arms
  • In most stories, the Slender Man usually has the ability to teleport and children who are targeted by him are driven insane or act on his behalf
  • The motive of the Slender Man is usually mysterious and vague. He can either protect certain children like a guardian angel or attack them

The Slender Man in the news

Two girls allegedly stabbed their classmate 19 times in what investigators described as a sacrifice intended to please Slenderman, which they had discovered on a horror story website. –CBS News
[The teen who stabbed a classmate] told police she first encountered Slender Man as a secondary character in a Minecraft video. –NY Mag
For whatever reason, Slender Man does seem to have resonated particularly among teenagers; perhaps that’s the demographic most susceptible to scary stories, or perhaps they’re the people frequenting sites like Creepypasta most often. –Washington Post

Why should parents care about Slender Man?

  • Although he is fictitious, the Slender Man can be very influential
  • In 2014, two tween girls stabbed a classmate and claimed it was in an attempt to act on behalf of the Slender Man after reading about him online. The girls were tried and convicted as adults
  • In 2014, a mother reported that her teenage daughter attacked her with a knife and the Slender Man motivated the attack
  • A few years ago, police reported that a teen had lit their family’s house on fire while their family was inside in connection with the Slender Man
  • Slender Man is so popular that it has become a common Halloween costume
  • According to the HBO documentary “Beware the Slenderman”, most American kids know about the Slender Man
  • There is a horror movie coming out in 2018 about the Slender Man which will increase his popularity

What can parents do about Slender Man?

  • Talk to your children about the Slender Man and ask them whether or not they know about him. Ensure that your children know that he is not real
  • Teach your students about urban legends and how to decipher what is fake from what is real
  • If your student talks about the Slender Man, consider discussing the issue with your school. Chances are if your student is aware of the character, other students are too and having a strategy in place can prevent an incident from occurring
  • Ensure that your children know that they can always come to you or a trusted adult if they have questions or want to talk
  • Learn about viral trends so that you can stay one step ahead of your teen

The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and encourages students to do dangerous things.

What is the Slender Man?

  • The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and has made an impact on pop culture
  • Creepypasta.wikia.com is a website that is home to user-generated horror legends or images that have been copy and pasted around the internet
  • The character started as a challenge on a web forum. Users were challenged to photoshop everyday photos to appear paranormal
  • Within 2 years, the character had become so popular that the creator couldn’t believe how widespread it had become
  • The character is portrayed as a tall, thin, and faceless man in a black suit
  • He goes around traumatizing people, targeting children
  • There is a symbol associated with the character that is heavily used in his depictions
  • Since the Slender Man isn’t tied to a specific narrative, he can be seen depicted in several video games (like Minecraft and the Slender Man app on iOS) and movies
  • He can look different depending on the storyteller but he is usually seen in a forest and has long tentacle arms
  • In most stories, the Slender Man usually has the ability to teleport and children who are targeted by him are driven insane or act on his behalf
  • The motive of the Slender Man is usually mysterious and vague. He can either protect certain children like a guardian angel or attack them

The Slender Man in the news

Two girls allegedly stabbed their classmate 19 times in what investigators described as a sacrifice intended to please Slenderman, which they had discovered on a horror story website. –CBS News
[The teen who stabbed a classmate] told police she first encountered Slender Man as a secondary character in a Minecraft video. –NY Mag
For whatever reason, Slender Man does seem to have resonated particularly among teenagers; perhaps that’s the demographic most susceptible to scary stories, or perhaps they’re the people frequenting sites like Creepypasta most often. –Washington Post

Why should parents care about Slender Man?

  • Although he is fictitious, the Slender Man can be very influential
  • In 2014, two tween girls stabbed a classmate and claimed it was in an attempt to act on behalf of the Slender Man after reading about him online. The girls were tried and convicted as adults
  • In 2014, a mother reported that her teenage daughter attacked her with a knife and the Slender Man motivated the attack
  • A few years ago, police reported that a teen had lit their family’s house on fire while their family was inside in connection with the Slender Man
  • Slender Man is so popular that it has become a common Halloween costume
  • According to the HBO documentary “Beware the Slenderman”, most American kids know about the Slender Man
  • There is a horror movie coming out in 2018 about the Slender Man which will increase his popularity

What can parents do about Slender Man?

  • Talk to your children about the Slender Man and ask them whether or not they know about him. Ensure that your children know that he is not real
  • Teach your students about urban legends and how to decipher what is fake from what is real
  • If your student talks about the Slender Man, consider discussing the issue with your school. Chances are if your student is aware of the character, other students are too and having a strategy in place can prevent an incident from occurring
  • Ensure that your children know that they can always come to you or a trusted adult if they have questions or want to talk
  • Learn about viral trends so that you can stay one step ahead of your teen

The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and encourages students to do dangerous things.

What is the Slender Man?

  • The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme and has made an impact on pop culture
  • Creepypasta.wikia.com is a website that is home to user-generated horror legends or images that have been copy and pasted around the internet
  • The character started as a challenge on a web forum. Users were challenged to photoshop everyday photos to appear paranormal
  • Within 2 years, the character had become so popular that the creator couldn’t believe how widespread it had become
  • The character is portrayed as a tall, thin, and faceless man in a black suit
  • He goes around traumatizing people, targeting children
  • There is a symbol associated with the character that is heavily used in his depictions
  • Since the Slender Man isn’t tied to a specific narrative, he can be seen depicted in several video games (like Minecraft and the Slender Man app on iOS) and movies
  • He can look different depending on the storyteller but he is usually seen in a forest and has long tentacle arms
  • In most stories, the Slender Man usually has the ability to teleport and children who are targeted by him are driven insane or act on his behalf
  • The motive of the Slender Man is usually mysterious and vague. He can either protect certain children like a guardian angel or attack them

The Slender Man in the news

Two girls allegedly stabbed their classmate 19 times in what investigators described as a sacrifice intended to please Slenderman, which they had discovered on a horror story website. –CBS News
[The teen who stabbed a classmate] told police she first encountered Slender Man as a secondary character in a Minecraft video. –NY Mag
For whatever reason, Slender Man does seem to have resonated particularly among teenagers; perhaps that’s the demographic most susceptible to scary stories, or perhaps they’re the people frequenting sites like Creepypasta most often. –Washington Post

Why should parents care about Slender Man?

  • Although he is fictitious, the Slender Man can be very influential
  • In 2014, two tween girls stabbed a classmate and claimed it was in an attempt to act on behalf of the Slender Man after reading about him online. The girls were tried and convicted as adults
  • In 2014, a mother reported that her teenage daughter attacked her with a knife and the Slender Man motivated the attack
  • A few years ago, police reported that a teen had lit their family’s house on fire while their family was inside in connection with the Slender Man
  • Slender Man is so popular that it has become a common Halloween costume
  • According to the HBO documentary “Beware the Slenderman”, most American kids know about the Slender Man
  • There is a horror movie coming out in 2018 about the Slender Man which will increase his popularity

What can parents do about Slender Man?

  • Talk to your children about the Slender Man and ask them whether or not they know about him. Ensure that your children know that he is not real
  • Teach your students about urban legends and how to decipher what is fake from what is real
  • If your student talks about the Slender Man, consider discussing the issue with your school. Chances are if your student is aware of the character, other students are too and having a strategy in place can prevent an incident from occurring
  • Ensure that your children know that they can always come to you or a trusted adult if they have questions or want to talk
  • Learn about viral trends so that you can stay one step ahead of your teen

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