What is Ask.fm? Parents and Teachers warned: Website linked to Cyberbullying

Ask.fmTeens and Anonymity – they are not a good mix! I encourage parents of young teens in particular, to join this website, ask.fm and search for the names of your children. Or ask your child if they know about it. If your teen is on it, you may be shocked and disappointed by what you see, but it will allow you to have a worthwhile conversation (once you have calmed down!)

Like, Formspring.me and Qooh.me Ask.fm is the latest anonymous question and answer website frequented by teens.  It allows anyone to post anonymous comments and questions to a person’s profile and according to, Mail Online, it is increasingly being used to communicate abusive, bullying and sexualised content. Ask.fm operates a similar friend system to Instagram or Twitter: you can choose to “follow” someone but you cannot find out who is following you. You can read what they say but will never know who said it.   You can follow your friends and view the questions and answers posted by anonymous posters on their profiles.

I am sorry to say that much of the content ranges from seething nastiness to the crude and obscene.  Read more:

Ask.fm: Pupils and parents warned over social networking website linked to teen abuse | Mail Online.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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4 Responses to What is Ask.fm? Parents and Teachers warned: Website linked to Cyberbullying

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  4. helenstower says:

    Reblogged this on iPractice and commented:
    This site does not promote positive online behavior. It’s one we encourage students to avoid as it is often linked to Cyberbullying.

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