Bullies and iffy behavior taint social Q&A site.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although some users are friendly and compliment each other, there are lots of hateful posts -- for example, "Eww your boobs are soo biggg and your face is uglyyy."


The site doesn't screen posts, so there's the potential for abusive and threatening behavior.


Some users' photos are racy (provocative poses, cleavage shots), and some post explicit comments about body parts and sex acts.


Some questions and answers contain profanity.


Currently, there are no ads, but a section for advertisers explains that they can purchase banner ads or sponsor the site's "question of the day."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some users talk about drinking and drugs. 

Privacy & safety

Kids can decide whether to allow anonymous posts and can remove their answers from streaming to decrease their profile's visibility. Users who sign up through Facebook can choose to have their questions and answers appear on Facebook.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this social site lets kids ask questions and answer questions posted by other users. Bullying is a major concern; the British news website MailOnline reported that the site has been linked to the suicides of several teens. As with many social sites, some users keep things friendly and clean, while others post hateful comments or sexual come-ons. Kids have the option of recording themselves with a webcam answering a question. The site doesn't monitor content, but users can report behavior that's violent, pornographic, or contains hate speech.

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What's it about?

Founded in Latvia and available in a few dozen languages, ASK.FM is a social site where interactions are based on questions and answers. Create a profile, then ask a question or find questions other users have posted on their pages. It's up to you to decide whether you want to allow anonymous answers. You can follow the stream of questions as they're posted, view the most popular questions, and find friends through searching the site or synching with Facebook.

Is it any good?


Although there are some friendly interactions on -- Q&As about favorite foods or crushes, for example -- there are lots of mean comments and some creepy sexual posts. If your teens do use the site, they'd be best turning off anonymous answers and keeping themselves out of the live stream -- and knowing how to handle abusive behavior if they do run into bullies. Syncing with Facebook means that a much wider audience can see those Q&As, so kids and parents should be mindful of that too.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk to your teens about cyberbullying and how anonymity can encourage bad behavior. Do you act differently online when your real identity isn't revealed?
  • Review our Social Networking Tips and set guidelines for what's OK to post online and what's off limits.

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Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySapphireWatermelon September 22, 2013

Be. Careful.

If you do choose to make an account, DISABLE ANONYMOUS QUESTIONS. Seriously. I was told on my profile that my friend and I were annoying, to f**k ourselves up, and that everyone hated us. Meanwhile, my classmates throw around swear words and sexual jokes. This site WAS good for picking up on a lot of gossip, though, but you should disable anonymous questions if you decide to sign up.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old September 13, 2013


This website is SO bad. I had a account, then someone called me fat, ugly, and stupid and ALSO told me that nobody liked me. Then, my friend got a account. People call her things that I can DEFFINITELY not put on here cause of guidelines. They are also telling her to kill herself. Mind you, WE ARE 11 AND 12. She acts like everything is fine when I know she is dying inside.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written byepicboss258 October 5, 2013

depends on how it is use

First off, this is probably not for kids, there's nothing to terrible about it, but It's better to not wander too far out of a certain aspect of the site. Unless you have a friend with an account, it is not very active. Strangers tend to not bother people they don't know and stay in a group of people they know, but there's still about a 7% chance that a random person will contact you. Even though it's a website where you answer people's questions, it's surprisingly safe from people outside of the site. It's almost impossible to find someone unless they know about the site and they have an account (and you can't get on the website unless you have a link, which is impossible to find unless the user post it elsewhere.) That's not to say the security is flawless. Keep in mind that it is a site where you get questions from others, and though ridiculously hard to track, it's not impossible. But it's not like the user is powerless to stop the person from asking questions, they can block and report a user. But for younger kids, it's not likely that they will know what the best thing to do is. But the big point is what it is being used for. Unless you are using it because your a popular youtuber, or you use it for a Q&A page, there aren't a lot of reasons to have an page anyway.


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