Monday, July 21 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:10:13 GMT
Weeks after he shelled out thousands of dollars for a freestanding garage, Perrysburg resident Lynn Hankins was left with only a large trench in his back yard.More >
Weeks after he shelled out thousands of dollars for a freestanding garage, Perrysburg resident Lynn Hankins was left with only a large trench in his back yard. So he called the Ohio Attorney General and the Call 11 for Action Office.More >
Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:12:28 GMT
Rick Shriner was fed up with large trucks barreling down his residential street, so he called Call 11 for Action.More >
Rick Shriner was fed up with large trucks barreling down his residential street, so he called Call 11 for Action. After WTOL starting asking questions, the city will soon be enforcing weight limits on city streets for the first time in 5 years.More >
There's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram -- just to name a few social media websites that are really popular right now. Most parents have familiarized themselves with these, but there's a fairly new social media website that some have never heard of. It's called Ask.Fm.
Ask.Fm was created back in 2010 by a group of entrepreneurs as competition to the internet based website Formspring in which users ask each other questions.
Ask.Fm has been pretty lucky in the social media world. 80 million people are registered users, and the company says they post at least 30 million questions and answers per day.
We talked to a local mom of one of the many teenage users of the site. Mom Kristen originally let her daughter download the Ask.Fm's app from a list of apps approved for those under the age of 13. Rodzos says her daughter had the account for about 7 months, but in October she saw a message alert and decided to check it.
Rodzos says she found several messages most positive between her daughter and friends, but some were explicit in nature against her daughter.
"I started to see why are they defending her, so I went a little further down the page and notices the negative things that were said," Rodzos said.
Rodzos believes her daughter was a victim of cyberbullying before she found these messages.
"You just assume that everything must be fine, and obviously it wasn't." Rodzos said.
Ask.Fm is different than Facebook and Twitter because users can ask you questions without you knowing their identity.
The questions people can ask can range from sometimes sexual advances, threats of violence and insults like those Rodzos saw against her daughter.
Plus, users could be revealing information like their name, birthdate, and even address.
However a person must be at least 13 years of age to join the Ask.Fm community.
As soon as Rodzos saw what was going on her daughters page, she alerted the Perrysburg School District. Perrysburg Superintendent Thomas Hosler says school officials made the decision to add Ask.Fm to the list of blocked websites on school computers as well as the ones they take home.
"When you're given an opportunity to be nameless and faceless, it just breeds that bullying kind of behavior," Rodzos said.
The founders of Ask-Fm did issue a statement through concerning another bullying case just last year in which they stated Irish and U-K kids are crueler than other countries.
The company has changed some its policies by creating a report button in the event of bullying or harassment. Plus, the company plans to increase the visibility of an option to opt out of receiving anonymous questions.
Rodzos no longer allows her daughter to use the website. She hopes exposing the negative things that go on with the website will make parents a little more cautious.
Friday, January 11 2013 3:59 PM EST2013-01-11 20:59:14 GMT
Toledo News Now is proud to announce a full featured weather app for Android and iPhone devices. Our new weather app has an interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. Plus, you canMore >
Sunday, July 27 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:57:03 GMT
A dive team is searching for the body of a 34-year-old man from the Toledo area, believed to have drowned in a Jet Ski accident on Saturday. It happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in a private pond inMore >
The body of 34-year-old Jason Mitchell, from Perrysburg, was located by divers around 1pm on Sunday in about seven feet of water.More >
Friday, July 25 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:20:00 GMT
It seems like every time you check YouTube, you see a new viral cat video. This time the video features an adorable kitten trying to attack a ceramic cat stature. This kitten has moves you would expectMore >
It seems like every time you check YouTube, you see a new viral cat video. This time the video features an adorable kitten trying to attack a ceramic cat statue.More >