There have been so many conversations, articles and discussions about the Ask.fm site. Everyday, as opposed to 5 months ago, there has been a steady increase in opposition towards this site. Many parents are now joining forces in being the voice that describes why this site isn’t good for their children and sharing what they have seen.
“There are a few teens told to do that on that site. I brought it to the attention of a mom I know who’s daughter had shit like that all over her ask site from some anonymous person. It’s disgusting.”
“My daughter was told much the same thing on that site. I had her remove the app. Can we parents get a petition or something going to get this removed from facebook or at least have the annonymous posters identified and their fb privileges removed for at least a month?”
But the company who manages the site isn’t seeing what is wrong with how kids use this site. One article posted that there were ‘The Latvian-run site, launched in June 2010, has racked up more than 40 million users worldwide and claims to be adding 200,000 new members each day.’ That is huge. How do you ever stop what is going on unless there are filters built within the software program. Also teaching kids how to use the proper settings would be helpful. But the main question is .. why do kids have to be so cruel? It’s the same question that we (as adults) ask all the time.
The only answer I have is that kids/youth/people hide behind their anonymity. But it’s not only about this site where this happens. It’s about all the sites that are easy to access. And it is so easy to write comments and put cruel and hurtful words for the intended to read. It’s easy to say the words ‘Just keep your kid off it’ or to the youth ‘Just stay off it’. It is only hoped that the person posting will stop. But when fueled, he/she/it will continue to say things. Try to ignore. But the hardest is when the hurtful words are spread all over for everyone else to see. Then those who see it start on the tirade. It is hard to ignore something that you know is there x5, x10, x100, x1000. It is similar to ‘damage control’ but who is going to do that. THINK BEFORE YOU HIT ENTER/SEND!!
“Psychologists have conducted experiments to show that the level of empathy is decreasing among newer generations. So yes, there was always bullying but it is becoming more widespread. Sorry to have to say that!”
The next problem is ‘Who will help in the solution?’ When you are a young person, you have people to choose from. But who do you trust to ask for help? And what can be done? Do parents go to parents? Do parents go to the law officials? What can a school do? We see the same questions all the time. What can provinces do individually? Or can they align together to make federal legislation?
There was a ‘Review Report’ presented today in Nova Scotia. Go to Glen Cannings blog for a link to read it. In one respect, it is good to see that the province of Nova Scotia will have some guidelines to what can be fixed. Will BC have similar guidelines?
It’s the BE BOLD launch day tomorrow. Come down to the Westin Bayshore. (3 pm to 8 pm)
Sarah K was fabulous last night performing. So glad I was down there. Funny enough, Sarah went to one of the same schools I taught at. We shared some memories last night.
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