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Why Kik Messenger Is Unsafe For Kids, The Cyber Safety Lady

Is Kik Messenger safe For Kids?

Latest Edit: May 16th 2015

Kik Messenger is no longer JUST a messaging app, and is now rated 17+

Kik Messenger is permanently adding fresh “features” and switching settings, it now has a hefty adult content spam problem. This post is growing and permanently being updated as fresh issues and features come to light. I apologise for the long read, but Kik is far from a ordinary messaging app now.

Scroll down to the Summary if you don’t need all the detail!

What Is Kik?

Kik messenger is an amazingly popular free mobile messaging app with over two hundred million users.

What Are The Dangers?

  • Insecure “Privacy” Settings that let strangers through
  • Spammers and porn bots sending adult content
  • Large public groups for talking with strangers
  • Unverified, unrated adult meet up apps hosted within Kik
  • Constant approaches by strangers that can’t be avoided
  • Inability to ever log out of the device without resetting it
  • Hard for parents to supervise

Why Is Kik Messenger So Popular With Junior Kids?

Kim Messenger is a convenient, elementary & free SMS substitute. It is one of the only cross platform (operates on all mobile devices) messaging apps that doesn’t require a phone number to be registered. For junior 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 capability, but have better security to protect against strangers.

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Kik Messenger Is No Longer Rated 13+

Previously Kik Messenger was rated 13+ on the app stores. In November 2012, Kik introduced apps within the messenger app (now called webpages), the age requirement was then enlargened to 17+.

The webpages (apps) are located via the globe icon lower right of the main message screen, and by clicking the + left of the message input window.

Kik “webpages” Have Switched The Safety Level For Kids Substantially!

  • Kik Apps or “webpages” bypass Parental Controls around adult content
  • There are no parental controls or pin-like locks to disable the apps “webpages”
  • Many of the apps are ripoffs of other games like “Flappy Bird” so kids will be attracted to them
  • Mixed in with the “child-like” games are apps that are decidedly adult, “talk with stranger” apps and “hot women/boys” type apps.
  • None of the apps carry an age rating so kids and parents can’t tell which are adult
  • Some of the apps have pornographic content
  • Signing into an app, puts your child’s name on a data base where they can then be contacted directly by strangers

Over one hundred “Webpages” are now available on all devices

Some of the webpages that parents need to be worried about are:

  • YouTube like movie apps: Adult content
  • HeyHey! “Meet fresh people to talk and play games” Lots of requests for underage teenage women to meet up with older guys.
  • RolePlay: Find people to role play situations
  • Truth Or Dare: A dangerous game with other strangers online
  • Match & Talk: A Tinder Like app to find your match online
  • Talk Wheel: Like Talk Roulette, spin the wheel and talk with a random stranger
  • Seecretly Clean: Like Whisper and Secret online anonymous confessions
  • Nearby Talk: Using geolocation to find strangers that are nearby

There are so many talk with stranger apps I can’t list them all.

Will Kids Want To Use These apps (Webpages)?

Many children are NOT using these webpages… 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. It won’t be long before your child will be made fully aware of the some one hundred webpages/apps available through this messaging app.

Unverified Apps!

These apps do not have to go through the stringent verification process that all apps on the iTunes and Google Play do, apps are screened on these legitimate stores for spam, scams virus’s and pornography. The apps within Kik haven’t passed any of those tests. None of the webpages/apps demonstrate an age rating for adult content, and all can lightly be activated by children without the child understanding what the app actually does. 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.

Many children won’t find these apps/webpages, but as they emerge below the messages window where “emoticons” usually are, they will be hard to disregard, kids are always looking for emoticons to add to their messages so they will figure out where they are pretty soon.

There are now group talks in Kik so you can be invited to join a group where any of the members can talk, a bit like a forum or talk room. Its fairly possible that a child will join a group or be invited to one that will involve large amounts of Kik users that they don’t know offline. Anyone can create their own group, so a child at school can create a talk group where they all talk in a group privately without any parental supervision.

How Are Other Users Finding My Child?

If your child goes after the constant prompts to permit Kik to scan their address book, the Kik app will then find friends with a Kik account, or… anyone related to that person including adults. When I synced Kik with my address book I received suggestions to “friend” the sons and daughters of my adult friends in my address book, even however the child’s email and phone number was not in my address book. Friend suggestions may come from a “friends” connections and will effectively be a total stranger to your child.

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.

There are many other ways for people to find Kik Messenger user names. You can find them collective 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 meet up with on Kik (no link to those!). Do a search for “KikMe” on any social media and it will bring up users advertising their Kik Messenger profiles.

Sharing your Kik user name on other social media is dangerous for children

Can you prevent strangers from contacting your child on Kik?

It is hard to know how scammers and spammers are finding and messaging accounts, some of the messages may come from the apps within Kik. But even without sharing my profile name with anyone and having no contacts other than my other test Kik accounts and having the so called “privacy” setting on, I have been approached by strangers on Kik.

The bottom line is you can’t prevent your child being approached by a stranger, who may have a pornographic profile pic, or may send your child a pornographic movie or photo as way of introduction. Most Kik users have been sent messages from a accomplish stranger. This happens even with the “Notify for Fresh People” feature, where you can supposedly switch off being notified of a message waiting for you from a fresh contact.

Update: May 31st 2014. Reports of Porn Bots (robots, automated accounts) sending unsolicited messages to users even with the “privacy” settings enabled. These fresh messages are showcasing up in the feeds and some look like they are from Kik Messenger admin, when they are not! Read this post from AdlandTV and this one from Forbes about the Fresh “privacy” setting and Porn Bots. Reminisce in regards to your child eyeing Adult content “Once Seen Never Unseen!”

Kik Messenger and Instagram

Kik Messenger users are using Instagram to find people to talk with privately on Kik. If your child also uses Instagram make sure they are not advertising their Kik Messenger profile name on Instagram. The picture (below left) shows the search term for Kik Messenger #KikMe on Instagram. There are over twenty six million results for #KikMe on Instagram now. Putting this search term in Instagram search will bring up any photos or profiles that have #KikMe as a tag advertising their Kik user name, (warning it also brings up a lot of very graphic porn, don’t let anyone tell you that Instagram doesn’t have porn…). This is one way users of Kik Messenger find each other online, to then meet up in private message on Kik. The search term #KikMe is also getting more popular on the Facebook search engine.

Pornographic Profile Pictures

Enclosed in Kik Messenger are some adult “Talk with stranger” apps/cards. “Talk Now” (below middle) and HeyHey!” (below right) both had examples of pornographic profile pictures on the very first page. Youthful children also have their profiles advertised on these apps as being available for talking with anyone. Some of these profiles will be fake, but it is clear that many youthful children are signing up to “Talk With Strangers” on Kik Messenger, better check to be sure your child isn’t signed up to any like these, there are fresh ones being added every day just about.

Kik Messenger “Cards” or Apps

Parental Controls

There are no parental controls for this messenging app of course, this app is designed for adults. And the usual parental controls on your child’s device won’t work within the Kik Messenger app. So blocking YouTube for example on your child’s iPod, won’t disable the other YouTube like movie apps within Kik Messenger.

Some parents are sharing messaging accounts like Apple’s Messenger and Skype with their children to supervise their interactions, this can be especially helpful for junior users, Kik Messenger doesn’t enable this capability. The moment you log into the same Kik account on another device, previous messages and conversations are deleted from the account. Logging out (resetting) of Kik messenger also deletes all previous conversations and messages, which for many parents makes parent supervision fairly unreliable. Most users don’t log out of Kik Messenger so they can save messages, unless they want to delete all history. This means the messaging app is always on! Turning the mobile device off is the only way to disable it.

Privacy Controls?

Your child can create a unique user name like “PrincessSparklePony1” to avoid being searched for by their real name on Kik. Whilst this seems like a good privacy budge, it also means that strangers can hide their real identity also. In settings under notifications the “Notify for Fresh People” feature, where you can switch off being notified of a message waiting for you from a fresh contact is the only thing you can do to attempt to limit your child’s exposure to strangers. This is one of two safety settings. The other is “Message Preview” which also needs to be disabled. But by switching these two features to the off position it only blurs the message and the profile picture of the stranger, it doesn’t hide the fresh messages. The message still gets put into your message window at the bottom, you only have to tap the message to see it.

So unlike other messaging apps where you can actually block approaches from random strangers, you can’t on Kik, it just blurs the messages, and most kids will very likely open the messages in case it’s someone they know. It’s pot luck whether the stranger sends them a pornographic photo as way of introduction, this is happening more and more from reports.

Kik Messenger Privacy Settings

This fresh movie from Kik shows you how the “Notify for Fresh People” works. Note: The button is turned to the on position by default when you very first open an account.

Is There A Safe Messaging App For Kids?

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. Safer apps like Skype and Apple’s Messages are still closed environments, but for junior children you can share an account to see messages going back and forward in real time. Note: Ensuring that what ever your child shares on these messaging platforms is being respected and not collective or edited and then collective further, is unlikely.

I can only recommend Skype and Apple’s Messenger with stringent supervision. Both apps need rigorous privacy settings enabled and secure user names to prevent contact by strangers. Constant checking of your child’s contacts and of the content being transmitted by junior teenagers is significant for safety.

Skype is the closest to Kik with regard to it’s abilities without the extra dangers. It has group talk, it’s cross platform, you don’t need a phone number, you can make up a pretend user name, you can send movie and pictures and unlike a social network it is more private. The upside is that parents can sit in on talks for junior children to supervise which you cannot do on Kik. You can actually block strangers and your child won’t see their messages if you set up the very plain privacy settings, (Go to preferences/Privacy set all to contacts only) and if they only share their profile name with real friends. Warning: Skype now has a prompt when you open a fresh account to share your profile name with Facebook, obviously that makes Skype far less secure for junior children and youthfull teenagers, so it is inadvisable.

Apple Messages has all of the same facilities as Skype but obviously only works on iDevices.

Reminisce how the internet works: You CANNOT supervise or control the recipient of your child’s message, and therefore prevent your child’s content from being collective on, as is, or in an edited perhaps defaced state. Your child is only as safe as their friends are. Education around internet safety is more fail safe in the long run than attempting to outwit your child. Boundaries are still very significant around apps and the internet to prevent your child being exposed to content they are not old enough to deal with.

Summary:

It is so significant that parents attempt out the apps their kids are using rather than just take their child’s word for it as far as safety goes. It is worth noting that iTunes and Google Play very infrequently rate apps at 17+ unless there is a very good reason. If your child is using an app rated for adults you must pay attention!

  1. Kik Messenger is advertised as a messaging app for adults 17+
  2. Kik’s settings don’t block approaches by strangers.
  3. Porn Bots are now rampant on Kik, sending unsolicited porn whether the “privacy” setting is enabled or not.
  4. The apps (Webpages) within the Kik Messenger App cannot be disabled by a parent permanently
  5. The apps within Kik Messenger are designed for adults, and some have adult content including pornography.
  6. The majority of the apps in Kik are “Talk with strangers” apps.
  7. The apps suggested for use within Kik Messenger have NOT been put through Google Play or iTunes verification process
  8. You cannot “share” a Kik Messenger Account with your child to supervise them
  9. Kik now has talk groups that have large amount of members. Public groups can be searched for, or set up by any user.
  10. There are many safer options for our children to message each other. Skype and Apple’s Messages.
  11. Train your children never to accept friend requests from strangers
  12. Train your children never to send intimate photos online

The YouTube movie below was made in July 2014, the webpages are now located in a different area. The globe icon lower right of the screen leads to them, as does the + sign left of the message input window. There are now over one hundred apps (webpages) within Kik Messenger and the “privacy settings” are now less secure.

How To Deactivate And Delete Kik Messenger:

Several children ask me during my talks how to decently delete their Kik Account (Hallelujah!) It’s not just as ordinary as removing the app from your device. Below is the correct way to delete your profile and the data within it and how to delete it from their servers.

To Delete and Deactivate your Kik Messenger Account.

Make sure you can receive mail at the email address registered to your Kik account.

Very first: To deactivate your account: Open Kik Messenger

. Select Your Account

. Tap Reset Kik Messenger

. Come in the email address that’s registered to your Kik account on Kik’s Deactivation website. https://ws.kik.com/deactivate

. Kik will send you an email with a link to deactivate your account.

Why Kik Messenger Is Unsafe For Kids, The Cyber Safety Lady

Is Kik Messenger safe For Kids?

Latest Edit: May 16th 2015

Kik Messenger is no longer JUST a messaging app, and is now rated 17+

Kik Messenger is permanently adding fresh “features” and switching settings, it now has a fat adult content spam problem. This post is growing and permanently being updated as fresh issues and features come to light. I apologise for the long read, but Kik is far from a elementary messaging app now.

Scroll down to the Summary if you don’t need all the detail!

What Is Kik?

Kik messenger is an exceptionally popular free mobile messaging app with over two hundred million users.

What Are The Dangers?

  • Insecure “Privacy” Settings that let strangers through
  • Spammers and porn bots sending adult content
  • Large public groups for talking with strangers
  • Unverified, unrated adult meet up apps hosted within Kik
  • Constant approaches by strangers that can’t be avoided
  • Inability to ever log out of the device without resetting it
  • Hard for parents to supervise

Why Is Kik Messenger So Popular With Junior Kids?

Kim Messenger is a convenient, elementary & free SMS substitute. It is one of the only cross platform (operates on all mobile devices) messaging apps that doesn’t require a phone number to be registered. For junior 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 capability, but have better security to protect against strangers.

Advertisement Popup before downloading on iTunes

Kik Messenger Is No Longer Rated 13+

Previously Kik Messenger was rated 13+ on the app stores. In November 2012, Kik introduced apps within the messenger app (now called webpages), the age requirement was then enhanced to 17+.

The webpages (apps) are located via the globe icon lower right of the main message screen, and by clicking the + left of the message input window.

Kik “webpages” Have Switched The Safety Level For Kids Substantially!

  • Kik Apps or “webpages” bypass Parental Controls around adult content
  • There are no parental controls or pin-like locks to disable the apps “webpages”
  • Many of the apps are ripoffs of other games like “Flappy Bird” so kids will be attracted to them
  • Mixed in with the “child-like” games are apps that are decidedly adult, “talk with stranger” apps and “hot women/boys” type apps.
  • None of the apps carry an age rating so kids and parents can’t tell which are adult
  • Some of the apps have pornographic content
  • Signing into an app, puts your child’s name on a data base where they can then be contacted directly by strangers

Over one hundred “Webpages” are now available on all devices

Some of the webpages that parents need to be worried about are:

  • YouTube like movie apps: Adult content
  • HeyHey! “Meet fresh people to talk and play games” Lots of requests for underage teenage women to meet up with older guys.
  • RolePlay: Find people to role play situations
  • Truth Or Dare: A dangerous game with other strangers online
  • Match & Talk: A Tinder Like app to find your match online
  • Talk Wheel: Like Talk Roulette, spin the wheel and talk with a random stranger
  • Seecretly Clean: Like Whisper and Secret online anonymous confessions
  • Nearby Talk: Using geolocation to find strangers that are nearby

There are so many talk with stranger apps I can’t list them all.

Will Kids Want To Use These apps (Webpages)?

Many children are NOT using these webpages… 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. It won’t be long before your child will be made fully aware of the some one hundred webpages/apps available through this messaging app.

Unverified Apps!

These apps do not have to go through the stringent verification process that all apps on the iTunes and Google Play do, apps are screened on these legitimate stores for spam, scams virus’s and pornography. The apps within Kik haven’t passed any of those tests. None of the webpages/apps showcase an age rating for adult content, and all can lightly be activated by children without the child understanding what the app actually does. 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.

Many children won’t find these apps/webpages, but as they emerge below the messages window where “emoticons” usually are, they will be hard to overlook, kids are always looking for emoticons to add to their messages so they will figure out where they are pretty soon.

There are now group talks in Kik so you can be invited to join a group where any of the members can talk, a bit like a forum or talk room. Its fairly possible that a child will join a group or be invited to one that will involve large amounts of Kik users that they don’t know offline. Anyone can create their own group, so a child at school can create a talk group where they all talk in a group privately without any parental supervision.

How Are Other Users Finding My Child?

If your child goes after the constant prompts to permit Kik to scan their address book, the Kik app will then find friends with a Kik account, or… anyone related to that person including adults. When I synced Kik with my address book I received suggestions to “friend” the sons and daughters of my adult friends in my address book, even however the child’s email and phone number was not in my address book. Friend suggestions may come from a “friends” connections and will effectively be a total stranger to your child.

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.

There are many other ways for people to find Kik Messenger user names. You can find them collective 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 meet up with on Kik (no link to those!). Do a search for “KikMe” on any social media and it will bring up users advertising their Kik Messenger profiles.

Sharing your Kik user name on other social media is dangerous for children

Can you prevent strangers from contacting your child on Kik?

It is hard to know how scammers and spammers are finding and messaging accounts, some of the messages may come from the apps within Kik. But even without sharing my profile name with anyone and having no contacts other than my other test Kik accounts and having the so called “privacy” setting on, I have been approached by strangers on Kik.

The bottom line is you can’t prevent your child being approached by a stranger, who may have a pornographic profile pic, or may send your child a pornographic movie or photo as way of introduction. Most Kik users have been sent messages from a accomplish stranger. This happens even with the “Notify for Fresh People” feature, where you can supposedly switch off being notified of a message waiting for you from a fresh contact.

Update: May 31st 2014. Reports of Porn Bots (robots, automated accounts) sending unsolicited messages to users even with the “privacy” settings enabled. These fresh messages are displaying up in the feeds and some look like they are from Kik Messenger admin, when they are not! Read this post from AdlandTV and this one from Forbes about the Fresh “privacy” setting and Porn Bots. Reminisce in regards to your child witnessing Adult content “Once Seen Never Unseen!”

Kik Messenger and Instagram

Kik Messenger users are using Instagram to find people to talk with privately on Kik. If your child also uses Instagram make sure they are not advertising their Kik Messenger profile name on Instagram. The picture (below left) shows the search term for Kik Messenger #KikMe on Instagram. There are over twenty six million results for #KikMe on Instagram now. Putting this search term in Instagram search will bring up any photos or profiles that have #KikMe as a tag advertising their Kik user name, (warning it also brings up a lot of very graphic porn, don’t let anyone tell you that Instagram doesn’t have porn…). This is one way users of Kik Messenger find each other online, to then meet up in private message on Kik. The search term #KikMe is also getting more popular on the Facebook search engine.

Pornographic Profile Pictures

Enclosed in Kik Messenger are some adult “Talk with stranger” apps/cards. “Talk Now” (below middle) and HeyHey!” (below right) both had examples of pornographic profile pictures on the very first page. Youthfull children also have their profiles advertised on these apps as being available for talking with anyone. Some of these profiles will be fake, but it is clear that many youthful children are signing up to “Talk With Strangers” on Kik Messenger, better check to be sure your child isn’t signed up to any like these, there are fresh ones being added every day just about.

Kik Messenger “Cards” or Apps

Parental Controls

There are no parental controls for this messenging app of course, this app is designed for adults. And the usual parental controls on your child’s device won’t work within the Kik Messenger app. So blocking YouTube for example on your child’s iPod, won’t disable the other YouTube like movie apps within Kik Messenger.

Some parents are sharing messaging accounts like Apple’s Messenger and Skype with their children to supervise their interactions, this can be especially helpful for junior users, Kik Messenger doesn’t enable this capability. The moment you log into the same Kik account on another device, previous messages and conversations are deleted from the account. Logging out (resetting) of Kik messenger also deletes all previous conversations and messages, which for many parents makes parent supervision fairly unreliable. Most users don’t log out of Kik Messenger so they can save messages, unless they want to delete all history. This means the messaging app is always on! Turning the mobile device off is the only way to disable it.

Privacy Controls?

Your child can create a unique user name like “PrincessSparklePony1” to avoid being searched for by their real name on Kik. Whilst this seems like a good privacy budge, it also means that strangers can hide their real identity also. In settings under notifications the “Notify for Fresh People” feature, where you can switch off being notified of a message waiting for you from a fresh contact is the only thing you can do to attempt to limit your child’s exposure to strangers. This is one of two safety settings. The other is “Message Preview” which also needs to be disabled. But by switching these two features to the off position it only blurs the message and the profile picture of the stranger, it doesn’t hide the fresh messages. The message still gets put into your message window at the bottom, you only have to tap the message to see it.

So unlike other messaging apps where you can actually block approaches from random strangers, you can’t on Kik, it just blurs the messages, and most kids will most likely open the messages in case it’s someone they know. It’s pot luck whether the stranger sends them a pornographic pic as way of introduction, this is happening more and more from reports.

Kik Messenger Privacy Settings

This fresh movie from Kik shows you how the “Notify for Fresh People” works. Note: The button is turned to the on position by default when you very first open an account.

Is There A Safe Messaging App For Kids?

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. Safer apps like Skype and Apple’s Messages are still closed environments, but for junior children you can share an account to see messages going back and forward in real time. Note: Ensuring that what ever your child shares on these messaging platforms is being respected and not collective or edited and then collective further, is unlikely.

I can only recommend Skype and Apple’s Messenger with stringent supervision. Both apps need rigorous privacy settings enabled and secure user names to prevent contact by strangers. Constant checking of your child’s contacts and of the content being transmitted by junior teenagers is significant for safety.

Skype is the closest to Kik with regard to it’s abilities without the extra dangers. It has group talk, it’s cross platform, you don’t need a phone number, you can make up a pretend user name, you can send movie and pictures and unlike a social network it is more private. The upside is that parents can sit in on talks for junior children to supervise which you cannot do on Kik. You can actually block strangers and your child won’t see their messages if you set up the very ordinary privacy settings, (Go to preferences/Privacy set all to contacts only) and if they only share their profile name with real friends. Warning: Skype now has a prompt when you open a fresh account to share your profile name with Facebook, obviously that makes Skype far less secure for junior children and youthful teenagers, so it is inadvisable.

Apple Messages has all of the same facilities as Skype but obviously only works on iDevices.

Recall how the internet works: You CANNOT supervise or control the recipient of your child’s message, and therefore prevent your child’s content from being collective on, as is, or in an edited perhaps defaced state. Your child is only as safe as their friends are. Education around internet safety is more fail safe in the long run than attempting to outwit your child. Boundaries are still very significant around apps and the internet to prevent your child being exposed to content they are not old enough to deal with.

Summary:

It is so significant that parents attempt out the apps their kids are using rather than just take their child’s word for it as far as safety goes. It is worth noting that iTunes and Google Play very infrequently rate apps at 17+ unless there is a very good reason. If your child is using an app rated for adults you must pay attention!

  1. Kik Messenger is advertised as a messaging app for adults 17+
  2. Kik’s settings don’t block approaches by strangers.
  3. Porn Bots are now rampant on Kik, sending unsolicited porn whether the “privacy” setting is enabled or not.
  4. The apps (Webpages) within the Kik Messenger App cannot be disabled by a parent permanently
  5. The apps within Kik Messenger are designed for adults, and some have adult content including pornography.
  6. The majority of the apps in Kik are “Talk with strangers” apps.
  7. The apps suggested for use within Kik Messenger have NOT been put through Google Play or iTunes verification process
  8. You cannot “share” a Kik Messenger Account with your child to supervise them
  9. Kik now has talk groups that have large amount of members. Public groups can be searched for, or set up by any user.
  10. There are many safer options for our children to message each other. Skype and Apple’s Messages.
  11. Instruct your children never to accept friend requests from strangers
  12. Instruct your children never to send intimate photos online

The YouTube movie below was made in July 2014, the webpages are now located in a different area. The globe icon lower right of the screen leads to them, as does the + sign left of the message input window. There are now over one hundred apps (webpages) within Kik Messenger and the “privacy settings” are now less secure.

How To Deactivate And Delete Kik Messenger:

Several children ask me during my talks how to decently delete their Kik Account (Hallelujah!) It’s not just as ordinary as removing the app from your device. Below is the correct way to delete your profile and the data within it and how to delete it from their servers.

To Delete and Deactivate your Kik Messenger Account.

Make sure you can receive mail at the email address registered to your Kik account.

Very first: To deactivate your account: Open Kik Messenger

. Select Your Account

. Tap Reset Kik Messenger

. Come in the email address that’s registered to your Kik account on Kik’s Deactivation website. https://ws.kik.com/deactivate

. Kik will send you an email with a link to deactivate your account.

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