What is Kik? Is your child on it? Do you know who your child can contact and who can contact your child? You need to!
Most parents think that their child needs a mobile to text, send and receive pictures. They feel safe in the knowledge that if their child does not have a phone they cannot communicate in this way.
If your child has an iPod or iPad or a similar Android device and can connect to Wi Fi they can do all of the above simply by downloading an App called Kik Messenger. Kik is not the only App to allow this sort of communication but it is the one that teens and tweens think is ‘cool’ at the moment.
Kik messages, in their pretty, coloured bubbles, look just like text messages on a smart phone. The service is free, and only needs the App and a Wi Fi connection. Once your child has a Kik address they can and do advertise it on other Apps such as Instagram or Keek. If your child is also on Instagram it is likely they have posted: ‘Kik me @ xxxx’. Kik in itself is not dangerous. The issue is the openness with which tweens and teens publicly share their Kik address, (similar to an email address) and thereby create the possibility for strangers to text them in private.
New apps are developing so fast it is hard for parents to keep up. I urge you to click the ‘Like’ button to your right, so that you can be kept abreast of the latest apps being used by this age group and share the news with your friends.