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Better Internet Starts with You!

Where do you feel safer when meeting people: online or in real life? Many of us prefer to turn to social media and other online outlets when meeting people. From the comfort of our own homes, it is easy to let our guard down, which is why ensuring a safe and wholesome internet experience is Continue Reading …

New Research from The Diana Award Reveals Crowdsourcing of Identity amongst Young People due to Online Pressures

A new research carried out by The Diana Award in partnership with ASKfm and psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos has revealed several important findings that highlight how the online world is changing the way young people develop their identity. 63% of the young people participating in the research say people behave differently online to the way Continue Reading …

Top Questions about the Online World Answered by Dr Linda Papadopoulos

The Diana Award asked young people from their National Anti-Bullying Youth Board to list their top questions about the online world. We posed these to psychologist and author Dr Linda Papadopoulos to get her advice. Questions from Youth Board What should you do if you’re feeling upset or stressed about the online world? The first Continue Reading …

ASKfm Teams Up with Koko to Tackle Self-Messaging Issues

In order to further improve the safety of its social media platform and to continue offering young people a positive and enjoyable online experience, ASKfm has teamed up with Koko, an online emotional distress-support and response service, to respond to the emerging phenomenon of users sending hurtful messages to themselves, also known as “self-bullying”. This Continue Reading …

ASKfm Produces Self-Declaration for European ICT Coalition for Children Online 2017

ASKfm is a member of the European ICT Coalition for Children Online. It is an industry self-regulatory initiative where 20 companies pledge to encourage safe and responsible use of online services and devices among children and young people, as well as to encourage empowerment of parents and carers to protect children and young people in Continue Reading …

ASKfm in Partnership with Diana Awards launches “Anti-Bullying Pro” Campaign and New Resources for Teens, Parents, Teachers and Police Officers 2017

ASKfm has a strong partnership with the Diana Awards (UK NGO), and within the framework of Anti-Bullying Pro Campaign new safety resources have been produced. These resources were tested and used in school assemblies in the UK and Ireland in 2016. One of the resources is a 45 minutes long interactive session, which focuses on raising awareness Continue Reading …

Tackling the Self-Messaging Issue 2017

Dr Richard Graham, a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist from the Tavistock Clinic in London, has been working with ASKfm to help teens who sometimes use online anonymity to send themselves anonymous messages. These messages can be unkind, hurtful and sometimes hateful and bullying. Several terms, such as ‘digital self-harm and ‘self-bullying’, have been used Continue Reading …

ASKfm and The Diana Award Announce the “ASKfm Hero” Competition Winner

ASKfm has partnered up with The Diana Award to put out the searchlight and find the new ASKfm Hero – a champion of positivity for online community of over 160 million users. In March 2017 the “ASKfm Hero” competition was launched. People from across the world submitted a one-minute long video, where they talk about what heroism Continue Reading …

Stay Safe Online: Safer Internet Day 2016 Learnings

What do a WWE Star, minions and ASKfm have in common? They all believe in the importance of a safer, more positive Internet. Earlier this month, the ASKfm team joined the aforementioned special guests, along with hundreds of students, educators, and leaders in social media and online safety at this year’s Safer Internet Day at Continue Reading …

A Practical Guide for Parents of Children using Social Media

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) recently published a Practical Guide for parents and carers of children using social Media. As a member of its working group, we’d like to share this great resource with parents and anyone who works with children using the Internet. Here’s a link to the guide, with practical tips Continue Reading …