Law enforcement warns parents about kids using social media site ‘Ask.fm’

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office Wednesday warned parents about the website Ask.fm.

It’s a social media site that originates in Europe, but is growing more and more popular in Colorado, especially among young people.

The DA’s office says they’ve received more than 30 calls in the past three weeks from parents and teachers who are concerned about the site.  It’s been linked to nearly a dozen teen suicides in Europe and at least one in the United States.

Investigator Mike Harris points out an account that belongs to a 14-year-old Jefferson County girl.  He says, “Someone posts ‘no one cares about your life.’”  He says, “An anonymous person is telling this girl no one cares about your life, go cut yourself again.

Some of the other posts are shockingly cruel and the teen’s responses are heartbreaking.

Harris says, “She responds ‘I figured’.  So you can see she’s almost caving in to what this person is telling her.”

Harris says, “There are posts to the point of people telling kids they’re worthless, to the point where they’re telling kids they should just kill themselves.”

Most social media, like Facebook, require an email address or other identifying information.

But you can post completely anonymously on Ask.fm.

The site also encourages teens to engage in running battles and arguments with other posters.  And it does not remove offensive, threatening or criminal posts.

Harris says the advice he gives to teens is the same he’s been giving for years.  That is, don’t talk to someone using social media that you don’t know in person.  And he cautions parents to make sure they know what apps their kids are using and what the apps do.

9 comments

  • Nicole

    Why haven’t people figured out that you CAN kill someone with your words yet? How many more kids need to die?

  • Test

    Many home routers can block specific sites. I’ll make sure to add this one to the list.

    We shut down access to the router at night as well.

  • April532

    There are so many Internet trolls on social media sites anymore. This is the main reason I don’t allow my daugther on Facebook.

  • WrongsideofheavenRighteoussideofhell

    This sites been around for a while , the fact that some of you are just now finding out says a lot about your lac of parenting , good job. 2nd Nicole ,they do realize that words can kill that’s why they say those kinds of things in the first place (Duh) the problem is Mommy and Daddy never taught them the value of a human life.

  • Heather Hamilton

    My friends daughter committed suicide last week in vt and she was being bullied on ask.fm. She was 16. She was told to kiill herself and take herself off of the earth. The only questions that show up ones are ones they choose to reply to. I hate to think how many times she was told to kill herself and didn’t reply.

  • Lori

    My God, does anyone feel as helpless as I do? Just how are we going to keep our kids safe? I’m scared to death! And thoughts are with you and yours for the friend in VT.,

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