Dear Parents, Kik Users must be 17+ now! Read the Reviews!

kik-reviewsShould I say yes or no to Kik? How many tweens and teens have begged their parents: ‘Can I pleeeeze get Kik?  A telling change to the recent Kik update is that it asks you to verify that you are 17+ before downloading it.  This has to tell you something! tumblr, instagram, kik are the social mediums of choice amongst teenagers these days.  FB is passé!  Kik is the most worrying because there are few privacy settings and teens hand out their kik username with abandon to all their followers, known and unknown on Tumblr and Instagram.

A quick look will tell you that I have written about Kik on a number of occasions so click here if you wish to read more: What is Kik Messenger?

A very helpful site, commonsensemedia posts reviews of the app by parents and tweens to help you decide.

Here is just one of each just to give you a taste:

Useful app, Lots of bullying!   Kid, 12 years old  January 28, 2013

I got this app because my friends told me to, and i just set up a account. Now we can chat more easily! It’s really good, and also pretty cool if you don’t have a iphone to text. You can block people, but some people from my school send really nasty messages, just block. The recent update has made it for 17+ users only, which means i can’t use it anymore as my parents put a restriction. Now you can search for pictures, youtube videos, etc and now it’s unsafe. Plus you have to enter your real name, but mine’s fake. It used to be for all ages. Very cool though, but need internet connection of course. I would recommend this app to teens. It got banned at my school, because they got mad at me texting at night, lol. Awesome! It’s free! If someone asks for your username online, do not tell them. You can be stalked and IP address hacked.

Sexual Harassment and Cyber Bullying     Parent  May 20, 2013

This app is dangerous especially if you use it on an android. Some pedophile sent my 16 year old son child porn to scare and harass him into sending pictures of himself back. When he clicked the thumbnail the photo’s were automatically downloaded to his device. He told a friend that he was chatting with at that time, of the harassment and that some idiot had  just sent him disgusting pictures. The friend asked to see them and he sent them via text message then promptly deleted them.  When the police were called for the harassment issues which included threats of rape and battery, they found the deleted photo’s and arrested my son, who was in fact the victim of threats and sexual harassment! Please, Please parents no matter how safe you think you are pedophiles can find a way in and KIK is a wide open door! Do Not let them download it. It’s not worth the risk!

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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5 Responses to Dear Parents, Kik Users must be 17+ now! Read the Reviews!

  1. Wow Just reading the reveiws on Google Play is really scary cuz they got so many who are putting their Kik out there for all to see.

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