Ask your kids about Ask.fm
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:34:58 GMT —
Keeping an eye on your children 24 hours a day is impossible, especially since social media is probably a major part of your teen and tweens lives.
We've learned of a social medium you've probably not heard of, but you can bet your child knows about it.
Getting to know someone is as simple as asking questions. What do you like to do in your spare time? What's your favorite meal? Favorite movie? The list can go on and on. Ask.fm is a social networking platform based on that idea.
Get to know people by asking questions, any type of question. That's where it can get ugly.
According to an article at Cnet.com, Ask.fm has racked up 57 million users in three years. And nothing is off limits. Here, teens, and even tweens can get on anonymously and ask very personal and inappropriate questions, or make statements. This can be a very easy place to get cyber bullied. In fact, the site has been linked to a few suicides.
Here's the scary part parents, since this is completely anonymous, you really can't tell if your kid is on ask.fm.
Most of the users are aged 13 to 25, but there's no way to tell how many members are actually younger than 13 because all you have to do to get an account is supply your name, e-mail, and birthday. At the very least, parents, it's not a bad idea to ask your teenager what they know about ask.fm.