Social media Q&A site Ask.fm wants to create a safe haven for today's youth, so the company launched Safety Center designed to provide information and to safely navigate services. The launch coincides with Safer Internet Day 2015, a global event held Feb. 10, dedicated to making the Internet safer.
Along with Ask.fm, the day is made possible with support from Facebook, Google, LifeLock, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Symantec, Trend Micro, Twitter and Yahoo.
Ask.fm, an Ask.com subsidiary, focuses on tips to protect kids as well as dealing with cyberbullies. Meanwhile, 52% of young people report being cyberbullied, and 25% of teenagers report that they have experienced repeated bullying via their cell phone or on the Internet, per NoBullying.com. The site also cites that among the young people who report cyberbullying incidents against them, 33% reported that their bullies issued online threats.
Catherine Teitelbaum, head of safety and trust at Ask.fm, wants to offer easy-to-read actionable information and research-based perspective on the complex issues teens face today, mainly how to protect themselves against cyberbullies, and how to remain safe online.
The Ask.fm Safety Center features research on product safety tools like how to turn off anonymous questions, blocking and reporting other users, and how to control public profiles. The Safety Center will also include a Safety Blog featuring insight from Ask.fm executives.
Facebook's Silicon Valley campus will host Safer Internet Day, coordinated by ConnectSafely, which provides resources aimed at helping Internet users make safer choices online. The event will feature Ask.fm digital safety leadership along with youth leaders, educators, policy makers, parents and peers from world-renowned technology brands to focus on strategies for creating a better, more positive Internet.
The group will live stream the event starting at 1:15 P.M. Pacific time.