What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
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What Kids Can Learn
Ask.fm wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 Ask.fm -- 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.
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