Parent App Alert: Ask.fm Continues to Vex
In June I posted a parent app alert about Ask.fm, an anonymous Q&A site that is increasingly popular with young people. This site continues to instigate problems around the globe, with several ending their lives after bouts of unbelievably cruel cyberbullying.
Parent App Alert: Ask:fm
I wanted eQuipped readers to know about an article and a resource from the Yoursphere for Parents site. This site consistently publishes excellent information and how-tos. The article Ask.fm – What it is and what parents need to know has all the sordid background, and, most helpfully, links to directions on how to block Ask.fm from home computers and portable devices.
If you choose not to block the site and the app, at the very least insist that your children enable the privacy setting that says, “Do not allow anonymous questions.” It won’t stop cyberbullying, but it should considerably narrow down the scope of interaction.
The age limit is 13–which is young considering the type of activity that is going on. Plenty of younger kids are using it by lying about their age.
One Teenager’s Opinion of Ask.fm
A fifteen-year-old girl explains why teens even bother with Ask.fm.
“The only positive reason I can see for Ask.fm is to receive nice compliments from ‘anon’ which will boost your low self esteem for about 2 minutes at the most. All us compliment-craving teens want, is to be accepted and feel good about ourselves.”
She goes on to call Ask.fm “ridiculous and pathetic.”
Thanks to Liz Walker for allowing me to link to the Youth Wellbeing Project .
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