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321 - ASK.FM

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Não é exatamente o melhor site para se fazer perguntas e receber respostas, mas entre teenagers ele está na moda. Ask.fm atrai pelos piores motivos: rapazinhos o usam para trocar xingos e ameaças, e alguns adolescentes reagem de modo trágico, aumentando os índices de suicídio! Veja nossos bons conselhos. by George H. Limongi.



WORLD

Ask.fm is one of the most popular social networking websites and apps among young people nowadays. It was launched in Latvia in 2010 and since then it has become very trendy worldwide. Unfortunately, if you use it incorrectly, it can be quite dangerous .

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Ask.fm is a service that gives people the chance to ask and answer all types of questions. You can use it as a registered user or anonymously. Your answers can be in video format as well as the usual text format, and it’s cool because you can also connect it to your Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts. It is very easy to use: your questions can be for a specific person, or you can post it publicly, so that all users can answer them. Some popular questions are: Who’s going to the One Direction concert this weekend? What’s your favourite Katy Perry song? What would you do if you found a wallet with $500 in it? And so on . The problem is that you can also find less pleasant questions and very bad answers…

CYBER BULLIES

As on many other sites, a lot of sexualized, abusive and bullying posts are present on ask.fm, making young and weak teenagers an easy target . Ask.fm guarantees anonymity, so some people have abused their “right” to express themselves. Ask.fm has become a way for teenagers to exchange insults and threats , and this has had very serious consequences.

SUICIDES

In 2012 and 2013 a few teenagers in different parts of the world committed suicide after being cyberbullied on this site. A recent case was Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl who killed herself last August because she could no longer stand the messages she was getting.

CONTROL

The site has a kind of control system: it is possible to report inappropriate content on ask.fm, and you do not need to be a user to do this. When you move your mouse over any post, you can see an option to “like” the post, but you can also find an arrow which permits you to report a post. Users can also remove any questions from their own profile by clicking on the cross in the top right-hand corner of every question and answer.

BE CAREFUL!

Social networking can be a lot of fun as well as useful! You can make friends with people from many different countries, and learn about other cultures, discover new music, practice the language you are studying, but you need to remember that you must be careful who you talk to. If you are using ask.fm and someone contacts you, using sexual comments, or comments that you find bullying or harassing , report them and block them. Don’t answer! If you ever feel threatened, ask for help!


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