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Southland Police Warn Parents About Ask.fm

Southland Police Warn Parents About Ask.fm

Southland police are urging parents and schools to be aware of a website Ask.fm and are encouraging people to block the site after it has been linked to cyber bullying.

The website allows users to pose questions to each anonymously and has been linked to suicides overseas.

New Zealand Police have contacted Ask.fm to express our concern that their website is linked to cyber bullying in New Zealand.

We suggest that users should disable the anonymous question function to minimise the chances of bullying occurring.

This is another reminder for young people to be very careful about what social media they engage in and for parents and caregivers to take a keen interest in how their young ones are using social media.

Our advice is for schools and parents to block the site completely as the harm it causes far outweighs any perceived benefits.

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