Police Warn Parents About Kik Messenger

Kik, an instant messaging service and app, is in the news again. Australian police have gone so far as to post warnings to parents on Facebook about the increasing problems with the app.

Kik is overtaking Facebook as the number one social media problem among young people,” said District Senior Constable Rob Paterson. “Online grooming, cyber bullying, sexting are rife on this app.”

According to Victorian police, pedophiles request sexually explicit images from children on Kik. Those pictures are later used to coerce the child into performing sex acts.

While it is convenient and free, Kik is not appropriate for younger children who may not fully understand the risks and apply them to their own situation.

The App Store specifies that user should be 17 or older, but there are no in-store methods of verifying age. The iPad’s parental restrictions can be set to bar apps by age.

Check your child’s devices for Kik messenger, remembering it is available for smart phones as well. Given the bad rap the nation’s police have given the app, it is one you won’t want on your young person’s device. There are safer ways of staying in touch.

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eQuipped posted an article last year on the double dangers of the combination of Instagram and Kik. Read it here for more info.

All the background on Kik can be found here.

An Australian cybersafety specialist comments on young children using social media here.

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  5. Kik Community

    Kik Messenger has a whole range of tools and features designed to protect its users. It’s open to abuse just like any other instant messenger (Blackberry Messenger). I think is article is useful as it does outline the dangers that are at the finger tip of every internet user.

    1. Alison Stegert

      Hi Kik Messenger Community,
      Thanks for reading and commenting. This article hones in on risks associated with Kik Messenger, but elsewhere on e-Quipped you will find articles about other message services and associated problems. Kik Messenger is on the radar of parents, schools, and police because when young people are not properly supervised and misuse it, serious problems can arise.

  6. Kik Community

    Kik Messenger has a whole range of tools and features designed to protect its users. It’s open to abuse just like any other instant messenger (Blackberry Messenger). I think is article is useful as it does outline the dangers that are at the finger tip of every internet user.

    1. Alison Stegert

      Hi Kik Messenger Community,
      Thanks for reading and commenting. This article hones in on risks associated with Kik Messenger, but elsewhere on e-Quipped you will find articles about other message services and associated problems. Kik Messenger is on the radar of parents, schools, and police because when young people are not properly supervised and misuse it, serious problems can arise.

  7. Kik Messenger

    Kik Messenger just like every other messenger is open to abuse; they do however have a multitude of features to help protect its user. This is a good article as it helps outline the dangers that are at everyones finger tips, but it’s wrong to just direct the criticism at Kik solely.

    1. Alison Stegert

      Hi Kik Messenger Community,
      Thanks for reading and commenting. This article hones in on risks associated with Kik Messenger, but elsewhere on e-Quipped you will find articles about other message services and associated problems. Kik Messenger is on the radar of parents, schools, and police because when young people are not properly supervised and misuse it, serious problems can arise.

  8. Kik Messenger

    Kik Messenger just like every other messenger is open to abuse; they do however have a multitude of features to help protect its user. This is a good article as it helps outline the dangers that are at everyones finger tips, but it’s wrong to just direct the criticism at Kik solely.

    1. Alison Stegert

      Hi Kik Messenger Community,
      Thanks for reading and commenting. This article hones in on risks associated with Kik Messenger, but elsewhere on e-Quipped you will find articles about other message services and associated problems. Kik Messenger is on the radar of parents, schools, and police because when young people are not properly supervised and misuse it, serious problems can arise.

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