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This post is growing and constantly being updated as new issues and features come to light. I apologise for the long read, but Kik is far from a simple messaging app now. For younger kids without a mobile phone this means they can use it on their mobile devices like iPods through Wi Fi. Note: Skype and iMessage also have this ability, but have better security to protect against strangers. Many children are NOT using these webs… yet. But the developers have already stated that they will be actively promoting the use of these cards to their users, it is the way that Kik is monetising their free app.
The list of these cards is growing, and unlike being able to look for reviews of these apps on the various app stores to see what they actually do, and how secure they are, there are no reviews that I could find for any of these apps. There are now group chats in Kik so you can be invited to a group where any of the members can chat, a bit like a forum or chat room. Anyone can create their own group, so at school can create a chat group where they all talk in a group privately without any parental supervision. If your child follows the constant prompts to allow Kik to scan their address book, the Kik app will then find friends with a Kik , or… anyone related to that person including adults.
If your child ever publicises their Kik user name on any social media, or someone else does, they may get contacted by strangers if privacy settings are not absolutely secure. There are many other ways for people to find Kik Messenger user names. You can find them shared on other social media apps like Instagram, Facebook and Miumeet. Many Kik users include their Kik user name in their social media bio, usually with the KikMe tag. Some enterprising folks have gone as far as to to list Kik user names on websites aimed at finding people to hook up with on Kik no link to those! It is hard to know how scammers and spammers are finding and messaging s, some of the messages may come from the apps within Kik.
Most Kik users have been sent messages from a complete stranger. Update: May 31st These new messages are showing up in the feeds and some look like they are from Kik Messenger admin, when they are not! Kik Messenger users are using Instagram to find people to chat with privately on Kik. If your child also uses Instagram make sure they are not advertising their Kik Messenger profile name on Instagram. There are over 26 million for KikMe on Instagram now. This is one way users of Kik Messenger find each other online, to then hook up in private message on Kik.
The search term KikMe is also getting more popular on the Facebook search engine. Young children also have their profiles advertised on these apps as being available for chatting with anyone. There are no parental controls for this messenging app of course, this app is deed for adults. The moment you log into the same Kik on another device, messages and conversations are deleted from the . Logging out resetting of Kik messenger also deletes all conversations and messages, which for many parents makes parent supervision quite unreliable.
This means the messaging app is always on! Turning the mobile device off is the only way to disable it. Whilst this seems like a good privacy move, it also means that strangers can hide their real identity also. This is one of two safety settings. The message still gets put into your message window at the bottom, you only have to tap the message to see it.
Note: The button is turned to the on position by default when you first open an . If you want your child to have access to a free SMS style messaging app, you need to stick to ones that have no other purpose other than messaging. That have privacy settings that actually do work to block strangers from contacting your child.
Note: Ensuring that what ever your child shares on these messaging platforms is being respected and not shared or edited and then shared further, is impossible. Both apps need strict privacy settings enabled and secure user names to prevent contact by strangers. The upside is that parents can sit in on chats for younger children to supervise which you cannot do on Kik. Warning: Skype now has a prompt when you open a new to share your profile name with Facebook, obviously that makes Skype far less secure for younger children and young teens, so it is inadvisable.
Apple Messages has all of the same facilities as Skype but obviously only works on iDevices. Your child is only as safe as their friends are. Education around internet safety is more fail safe in the long run than trying to outwit your child. Boundaries are still very important around apps and the internet to prevent your child being exposed to content they are not old enough to deal with. If your child is using an app rated for adults you must pay attention!
The YouTube video below was made in July , the webs are now located in a different area. Several children ask me during my talks how to properly delete their Kik Hallelujah! Below is the correct way to delete your profile and the data within it and how to delete it from their servers. Make sure you can receive mail at the address registered to your Kik . First: To deactivate your : Open Kik Messenger. Tap Settings. Select Your . Tap Reset Kik Messenger. Kik will send you an with a link to deactivate your .
Leonie Presents Cyber Safety Talks for schools, business, and community groups. What Is Kik? Kik messenger is an incredibly popular free mobile messaging app with over million users. What Are The Dangers? Unverified Apps! Groups There are now group chats in Kik so you can be invited to a group where any of the members can chat, a bit like a forum or chat room. Address Book Sync If your child follows the constant prompts to allow Kik to scan their address book, the Kik app will then find friends with a Kik , or… anyone related to that person including adults.
Address book matching is dangerous for children on Kik Messenger Publicising Kik User Names On Social Media If your child ever publicises their Kik user name on any social media, or someone else does, they may get contacted by strangers if privacy settings are not absolutely secure. Can you prevent strangers from contacting your child on Kik? Parental Supervision? Privacy Controls? The apps Webs within the Kik Messenger App cannot be disabled by a parent permanently The apps within Kik Messenger are deed for adults, and some have adult content including pornography.
Public groups can be searched for, or set up by any user. There are many safer options for our children to message each other. Teach your children never to accept friend requests from strangers Teach your children never to send intimate photos online The YouTube video below was made in July , the webs are now located in a different area.Kik age limit
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