But half of them are under 18 – meaning that the site’s active user base consists largely of children.
Part of the site’s problem is that it’s a social media site with virtually no privacy settings and no real identity controls.
Facebook, by contrast, has made efforts to ensure that a high percentage of its accounts belong to real people – and it deletes the accounts of fake users.
It also has privacy controls. You can lock down your account completely, if need be, shutting out the world.
You can’t do any of that on Ask.fm.
Now it seems that Ask.fm is in the process of changing its safety policy. TechCrunch reports
Ask.fm said today it will make the report button more visible, and will be adding a dedicated report category for ‘bullying and harassment’ — committing to making these changes next month. It also said it will increase the visibility of an (extant) option to opt-out of receiving anonymous questions to help users moderate the kind of content they receive from other users. This change will be implemented in October.
YouTube can be a fantastic resource for adults and children alike, but there can be issues with content and comments. On the back of this, YouTube has developed a support site for parents which includes:
How can parents best protect their children from online threats while respecting their privacy?
A wide range of products monitor children on their mobile phones and the Internet. Where is the line between appropriate supervision and spying? Is there one?
What rules do you have in your house regarding technology use?
Sites like Facebook and Twitter technically don’t allow users under the age of 13, but many tweens lie about their age in order to sign up anyway. As a parent, should you prevent your children from signing up for such sites, even if their friends are using them? If so, what are some alternative sites they can use?
What is a reasonable amount of time for children to spend interacting with a screen each day?