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‘Sometimes the person I hate is myself.’

Social media is amazing. It allows you to connect with new people all over the world. When you are anonymous, you will find it easier to ask those deep questions that help you to get closer to your good friends. However, life isn’t always great, and young people use social media apps to share the Continue Reading …

10 Things To Do If You’re Being Bullied

Being a victim of bullying hurts! No one wants to be bullied or see their friends or family members bullied. If you are being bullied, or know someone who is and want to help, you’ve come to the right place. ASKfm has some tips to help you, or your loved one get through this. Always Continue Reading …

Is Your Friend Thinking About Suicide?

Here Are Five Ways You Can Help 1. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough question. When somebody you know is upset and feeling hopeless, be direct and honest. Ask them upfront, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” Encourage him or her to tell you the truth, and let them know that you will be Continue Reading …

ThinkB4uClick

The author, Parry Aftab, is an Internet privacy and security lawyer and an expert in cybercrime and best practices. One of the biggest problems we have online is that no one thinks between their brain dump typing and clicking “send.” There is a filter between what we think and our mouths called “being polite.” Generally this filter Continue Reading …

20 Questions for a Safe Password

The author, Parry Aftab, is an Internet privacy and security lawyer and an expert in cybercrime and best practices. Passwords, when misused, can be a serious threat to students who quickly find their accounts hacked, taken over or messages sent to their friends in their name. While 70% of polled students told Wired Safety that they share Continue Reading …

A Digital Self-Defense Checklist

The author, Parry Aftab, is an Internet privacy and security lawyer and an expert in cybercrime and best practices. I have chosen a password that is easy for me to remember and hard for others to guess. I have not shared my password with anyone, even my best friend, boyfriend or girlfriend. I have not clicked “save Continue Reading …

A Letter to Teens on ASKfm

Dear ASKfm Teens, My name is Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, and I’m an online safety, security, and privacy expert working with the ASKfm safety team. For more than 20 years, I’ve worked alongside many companies like ASKfm, helping to keep teenagers safe online. It’s always been my mission to make the newest and most exciting technologies Continue Reading …

Teen Tips: Stopping CyberBullies in Their Tracks

Know that it’s not your fault. What people call “bullying” is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly cruel to you, that’s bullying and you mustn’t blame yourself. No one deserves to be treated cruelly. Don’t respond or retaliate. Sometimes a reaction is exactly what aggressors are looking for because they Continue Reading …

11 Tips for Foolproof Passwords

A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters. Never give out your password to anyone.* Never give it to friends, even if they’re really good friends. A friend can – maybe even accidentally – pass your password along to others or even become an ex-friend and abuse it. Don’t just use one password. Continue Reading …

Cell Phone Smarts: Protect Yourself!

Cellphones are increasingly full-blown handheld computers, and everything that can be done on the Web via computer – photo-sharing, Web browsing, game playing, tune-swapping, real-time text or video chat, and (oh yeah) talking – can be done on a phone. Here are some basic ideas for keeping mobile phone use safe and constructive: Share with care. Use Continue Reading …