Father says social media site a haven for bullying

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ATLANTA - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been around for a while now, but parents say a new social site is a haven for bullies and their daughter was targeted.

It's called Ask.fm. The slogan is 'Ask and Answer,' so you can ask anyone a question anonymously and they can choose to answer.

It's becoming popular, but one local eighth-grader recently became a target.

"A lot of it starts off with, 'What's your favorite football team? What's your favorite color?' But it's basically a website for bullies and it's got to stop," said one father who didn't want to be identified.

He wants to protect his daughter, but also make other parents aware of what's happening because what he recently saw online disturbed him.

"Most of it was so vulgar, you can't even use it on the air," he said.

The father showed Channel 2's Craig Lucie the exchange and one of his daughter's classmates was attacking her personal appearance.

"The person stated to her that he prayed she would be raped and that her parents would die of cancer. There is nothing positive about Ask.fm. Parents need to be aware of it and they need to block this from their kids' computer. The thing that frightens her the most is that she's walking the halls at school with who's doing this," the father explained.

Lucie reached out to Ask.fm and is waiting to find out how they combat cyberbullying.

This father said he didn't want us to reveal the Buckhead middle school since teachers are addressing the bullying immediately.

"They know it's out there, and I think they are going to do what they can to educate children and families," the father said.

Ask.fm was recently in the national spotlight after Florida authorities say messages sent to a 12-year-old girl were so hateful that she killed herself.

The Buckhead middle school will have a meeting Friday and then another one Monday to address the online bullying, according to the father we interviewed.



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