Parents 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.