Founded in 2010, ASKfm is a global social networking site that allows users to ask and answer questions anonymously. On ASKfm, your child can post anonymous questions and receive replies in the form of text, photos, or videos from anyone in the world.
All posts are public, meaning that everyone can see them, regardless of whether they have the app or not. ASKfm currently has over 200 million registered users around the world.
Concerns Surrounding ASKfm
Because ASKfm is an anonymous social media platform, it has struggled with cyberbullying and issues with sexual content. In 2013, the app was linked to several teen suicides, and in a 2016 survey by NSPCC, 88% of children surveyed reported seeing inappropriate content on the platform.
Safety concerns related to ASKfm include the following:
- While most questions are sincere and positive, not all are, and some users may send or request provocative photos.
- Anonymity — which is supposed to allow users to ask and answer questions honestly — emboldens some users to post inappropriate content or engage in cyberbullying.
- The Shoutout feature allows users communicate with users who are located geographically close to them, including total strangers who could arrange to meet up.
- There is no way to keep ASKfm accounts private. Users cannot see who is following them, and everything they post is visible to all users.
- ASKfm profiles can also be found on search engines like as Google Chrome. This includes background pictures as well as posts.