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Jamie - posted on 07/23/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ugh! I am a middle - high school teacher and afraid of some of these newest social media outlets. Watch out for ASK.fm. It is a social media ap that allows someone to say anything they want to another person- anonymously. Imagine the freedom- and the heartbreak. most of the comments I have seen are harmless- but it only takes a teenage girl 1 comment telling her how ugly she is to make her self concious and insecure.

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Melissa - posted on 07/30/2013

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Jamie I agree. I think the more the parents know about these sites the better. So many have absolutely no idea what these sites are and don't really have any concern at all but at the moment it is always on my mind. I have spoken to girls as young as 10 who are using Askfm and there parents are totally unaware of what these kids are doing. They are too busy to take the time to make sure their children are safe in their own homes. I've read comments to tell children to kill themselves because they are hated so much. These kids have it hard already, growing up!! Even as an adult some of these comments would have to have some kind of effect. Jamie you sound like a very caring teacher and your students are very lucky to have someone who cares. I wish more parents and teachers cared as much.

Jamie - posted on 07/30/2013

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Melissa, I so agree. Wh knows who was asking for that number. We have given the teens today access to social media- but many parents don't really understand it- so they dont know how to teach them to use it safely and kindly.

Melissa - posted on 07/30/2013

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My daughter showed me a girls response from her school. The question was ' What is your phone number?' she actually gave her mobile number for the entire world to see. This is my concern. As a parent I worry for these young girls and I honestly couldn't help myself by telling this girl to change her mobile number and to think of consequences. It breaks my heart to see these girls innocently typing out what they feel. They are too young and immature to see what the results maybe. I want to protect as many children as possible from making choices they can't change.

Jamie - posted on 07/30/2013

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My daughter does have snapchat- Originally, I was leary of it because it allows you to send pictures which disappear in 1 - 15 seconds- which is a potential motivation to send pics you might should not send. But, Once the kids realized you can screenshot any picture- I think it made them more cautious. It has not posed the kind of problems I have seen on AK.com:)

Chet - posted on 07/30/2013

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As a parent, I feel we really need to invest in our children and help to make them resilient to the things we can't protect them from. I think it helps a lot when kids have more than one social group. If things become difficult with their peers at school they still have friends outside of that - like at youth group, or at their part time job, or through some activity or sport for example. I think these social networking apps are the most dangerous when teens don't have a life outside of, or away from. the hurtful things that are said there.

Melissa - posted on 07/28/2013

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I totally agree with u!! Askfm is a dangerous site for teens to be on. My daughter reads what people say to her friends and class mates and it completely scares me to death. These children are too immature to understand the consequences to such sites. I read what anonymous people are asking and the replys of these 14 year old girls, it makes me sick to the stomach and the cruel and hateful comments and language is horrific. These sites need to have a age of 18+ to access these sites. Snapchat is a new site my daughter and I have recently heard about. I really wish as parents we could have more control over this Internet world.

Jamie - posted on 07/24/2013

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I saw one little girl- 7th graders- and it said "we all hate you". "No one is really your friend- so why don't you just kill yourself"? So heartbreaking- but having total anonyminity as an impulsive teenager is just asking for trouble. Most of the teens in our area have it linked to their Instagram (Southeast).....but it just sent up some red flags so I want other teachers and parents to be aware of it. Teen girls, especially, have a difficult enough time without giving someone a free opportunity to say something negative. Ask.fm looses any sort of accountability because users do not need to register to use it...so there is no real record.

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