Social Q&A site still has some iffy comments.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though some users are friendly, compliment each other, others say things such as, "Why are you so rude and ugly?"


The site will remove content if users report it but doesn't prescreen posts, so there's the potential for abusive, threatening behavior.


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


The site doesn't screen for language, so kids may see words such as "bitch," "ass."


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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some users talk about drinking, drugs. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that you can't register for unless you're 13 -- or say you are during registration. But you can't go back and enter a new birth date once you’ve been denied. Bullying has been a major concern in the past; the British news website MailOnline reported that the site has been linked to the suicides of several teens. But in the past year, launched a separate safety site to help teens understand how to adjust their profile settings for additional safety and have a more secure experience. Users, for example, follow each other anonymously. But kids also can be very visible, such as filming and posting video responses to user questions and sharing personal photos on the site.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • discussion


Tech Skills

  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support


Inquisitive kids likely will enjoy having an outlet to ask as many questions as they'd like. But some may be frustrated if users don't respond quickly -- which isn't guaranteed.

Learning Approach

The site's questions involve a wide variety of topics, which can help spark kids' interest in new things. But there's no guarantee users will respond with correct information, which lessens some of the site's potential educational value.


The site recently launched an online safety center with information for parents, teachers, and teens on profile privacy features, links to anti-cyberbullying and other issue-related websites, and a blog with tips from the site's safety advisers.  

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • discussion


Tech Skills

  • social media

Kids can learn about social media; the site provides practice using the medium. Kids also will get a chance to gain communication experience by asking and responding to questions. Some questions could potentially spur them to seek out additional information on various topics, providing additional learning experiences. But since other users, instead of subject matter experts, are providing responses, kids also may get incorrect information from the site. gives kids a forum to learn about social media, but its reliance on other users makes its information somewhat dubious.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

What's it about?

Founded in 2010, with offices in Ireland, Riga, Latvia, and California, ASK.FM is a social media site where interactions are based on questions and answers. To use the site, you need to register and create a profile; you can then ask a question -- anonymously, if you'd like -- or view questions other users have posted. You can submit written answers or record a video response. Users also can find friends through the site or by syncing with Facebook, Twitter, or

Is it any good?


The social media site has made some moves in the past year to give users a safer experience, such as offering a site with online safety advice -- but it unfortunately hasn't been able to stop some users from posting negative, inappropriate, and downright mean comments.

There are friendly interactions on -- Q&As about favorite foods or crushes, for example -- but you can't guarantee what kind of response you’ll get when you post a question. 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 or Twitter 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...

  • Families can talk 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. Do you know why online limits are important?

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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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