In my opinion, one of the most dangerous sites that preteens/teens are on now is ask.fm because anyone can post anonymous questions. So far, it has allegedly contributed to at least 4 teens committing suicide from cyber-bullying. I have read unbelievably shocking posts on a number of PA teen pages. Everyone that I talk to about this seems horrified as we all seem to see it as a recipe for disaster - allowing kids to post anonymous questions in a public forum to each other - no way!
While we all seem to recognize this when it comes to our kids, why do we allow it on here? As I read the many comments posted on this site, I believe that the anonymous commenting feature emboldens adults to behave in ways that they likely would not if their name was attached to their comments. Let's set an example for our children. Let's challenge ourselves to use your own names and write comments on this site that we are proud to have our name attached to. We can still have interesting exchanges but do so in a respectful way without the shield of anonymity. Debate is healthy and wonderful and enriching, but it should not be personal and accusatory. This site should not always be filled with "[portion removed]" notations because a moderator has to remove offensive comments. We are grown ups and should be able to act - and discourse - accordingly.