This is yet another article warning about the dangers of the popular texting app, Kik Messenger. Kik cannot be viewed publically. Pedophiles have taken to texting and sending pictures hoping for a response. One Mum reports that her 14 year old son received inappropriate sexual messages from what looked like a young teen girl. He replied sending pictures of himself when she asked for them. It did not occur to him that behind the pretty profile picture was a male pedophile!
In another story, The Courier Mail in Brisbane reported that, ‘a 22 year-old Brisbane man was arrested on Thursday night after he allegedly forced a girl in North Carolina through Kik Messenger to take indecent pictures of herself’ and send them to him.
Despite the fact that the age limit to sign up for Kik is 17 or over, more and more young children seem to be downloading the app. Parents are often unaware as children download it onto their Ipods. If they have wifi it is possible to text and send images to others who have Kik Messenger. It is popular with children and teens because it is free.
In the same article, ‘a top cyber safety expert, Susan McLean said she was shocked when visiting a Queensland school this week to find at least 25 Year 2 and 3 students from one school were on the messaging service Kik.’