Do you know if your child has a Kik Account?

Kik3Parents would be wise to keep an eye on the apps their tweens and teens are using on their ipods and smart phones.   Kik allows free text and pic sending services between those who have downloaded the app on their phone or ipod.  The danger of the ipod is often overlooked by parents as they don’t realize that once it is coupled with a wi fi connection an ipod has many of the capabilities of a phone.

Late last year the disappearance of Sydney teenager Krystal Muhieddine, was connected to her use of the Kik app.  She left her house early on Tuesday morning in a car with a stranger before being found in country Victoria on Friday.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that, ‘Krystal’s parents did not allow their children to use social media in the house, but Mrs Muhieddine said she believed her 14-year-old daughter had been using Kik to communicate with the person with whom she left.’

With the invasion of mums, dads and aunties on Facebook tweens and teens are looking for a bit of privacy.  Kik has become a very  popular app, especially for young adults and teens to be able to communicate  with each other.  It is free and private.

Parents need to be  proactive.  You’ve got to have the conversation and you’ve got to be  willing to have your kids be angry with you.  Parents should make sure that they know what every app on their child’s phone does and if they don’t know, delete it.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/police-warning-on-social-media-messaging-app-kik-20131130-2yimo.html#ixzz35Lbg5b6T

 

 

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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2 Responses to Do you know if your child has a Kik Account?

  1. Leonie Smith says:

    Thanks for alerting your school community about Kik Messenger Renata. Kik is far more complex than the article you linked to would suggest. It is rated 17+ on the iTunes store due to the adult apps (now over 400 of them) now available within Kik. The other problem with Kik is that messages from strangers are seen in the main chat window, all be it blurred until clicked on. The privacy settings, do not prevent approaches from strangers. My post on my website has the reasons that Kik is now considered the No1 app that is concerning police, teachers and parents. I hope you will allow me to add it here. http://thecybersafetylady.com.au/2013/07/why-kik-messenger-is-unsafe-for-kids/ The more parents who really understand the dangers of Kik Messenger the safer it will be for kids.

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Thank you Leonie. I will certainly look at your article. The most recent article you refer is just one of many on Kik on our site. We alerted our parents to the change in age last year and there are many articles on the site exploring its complexities. Kik presents as just a free texting service but as you say it has to make money somehow! All the best, kind Regards, Renata

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