For those of you who haven’t heard of KiK, allow us to tell you a little bit about it and why your children should not use it.
From its soft appearing logo, it would initially give the impression that it’s a harmless, friendly app that I am sure Parents could quite easily overlook should they happen to see it on their children’s devices. This is a classic case of don’t judge a book by its cover. Kik is a free to download messenger App just like WhatsApp,
Facebook Messenger or SMS but has a couple of differences that is enough for us to advise Parents that their children should not be using it.
It has the same messenger functionalities such as sending txt messages, photos, videos, links, emojis etc..and has an age rating of 17+. So, what’s so dangerous about it I hear you ask?
Is Kik App Dangerous?
To use Kik, you need to create an account using only an email. With other messenger apps, either phone numbers or emails need to be verified. This leaves a window for spammers and predators to create fake accounts and begin to their attempts to contact children.
Even though the App states an age rating of 17+, children as young as 8 years of age are using this app today and with over 200 million active users currently, the chances of a child being contacted by a predator is extremely high.
Anyone can contact you on Kik.
Anyone can contact you on Kik. You do not need to confirm them as a friend. All you need to do is guess a username which something both predators and spammers do on a daily basis.
It is for these reasons why iKydz consider this app to be dangerous and has been added to our filter list which is available to all iKydz users.
These messenger Apps can come with an element of protection however there is no form of total parental control. For example, on Facebook, a parent can add their children as a friend and monitor who they make friends with. At least this way, a parent can have open communication with their children should they suspect anyone that has made friends with their child.
On Kik, a user can block another user. But what is stopping a blocked account holder from creating another fake account and targeting that same child over and over again? The sound of a tumbleweed would probably fit in nicely as an answer to that question.
Alternatively, you as a parent can take action and live in a world where you can protect your children. Become an iKydz user today and you can immediately block dangerous Apps such as Kik. One of many functions available to parents using iKydz.
It is the Ultimate Digital Parenting Tool that gives total parental control on children’s Internet devices. iKydz will continue to monitor the Internet for dangerous apps so we can keep parents informed, our filter list up-to-date and keep children safe while online. We are always here to help!