Kik Messenger: a warning for parents

Popular messenger app Kik has increasingly come under fire recently due to widespread reports of child exploitation occurring via the app.

What is Kik Messenger?

The app functions similarly to other popular message apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, however the technology is much less refined meaning it’s very easily hacked and identity verification is non existent - which means anyone can create an account and communicate anonymously.

It’s also very popular amongst teens and kids for several reasons ..

1. Users are allowed to create anonymous accounts

2. Users don’t have to verify their age

3. Parents who monitor their kids devices often overlook Kik, focusing on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat

4. Kik has a built-in web browser, games, and video access, which makes it a self-contained social network where kids and teens can communicate with their peers privately.

A popular young person’s social media app that can be joined anonymously creates an environment where online predators can easily exploit their victims.  Kik is now connected to hundreds of cases of grooming and child exploitation across Australia and the US. Predators are also creating spambots within the app, which are essentially computer generated accounts that automatically send information to other users - that they use to send child exploitation material to other users. Predators do this to desensitise their victims. There is also a significant amount of pornography on Kik, which is also distributed using spambots.

Our Cyber Experts rate this app as Unsafe for anyone under the age of 17 and therefore access is blocked on Family Zone protected devices. 

Start your FREE Trial <https://www.familyzone.com/freetrial>

Topics: Parental Controls, Cyber Safety, Cyber Experts, parenting, kik messenger

Try Family Zone for FREE

Sign up now to try Family Zone for 1 month, totally free of charge.

Free Trial
Subscribe to our newsletter
Follow us on social media
Popular posts
Parental Controls | Cyber Safety | Cyber Experts | parenting | roblox
Roblox: What parents must know about this dangerous game for kids
Parental Controls | Screen time | youtube | smartphones | WhatsApp | suicide | self-harm | momo
MOMO unmasked
Parental Controls | Screen time | musical.ly | online predators | tiktok
It's the world's most popular app. And you've probably never heard of it.
Parental Controls | Pornography | Cyber Safety | Social Media | parenting | digital parenting
Pornstar to parents: shame on you!
Parental Controls | Cyber Safety | Cyber Experts | parenting | vpn
VPN apps: what are they and why are teens now using them?
Parental Controls | Mobile Apps | Cyber Safety | instagram
30 seconds: the time it takes to find porn on Instagram

Recent posts

 
Portrait of a paedophile

Recent figures show that online images of children being sexually abused have exploded over the past year. But who is fueling this ...

 
Screen-time and school performance

Your child’s grades are slipping - and their screen-time is expanding. Which of the following is most likely to blame? Too much

 
To raise a mentally strong human, do this

We all know the phrase “Happy wife, happy life.” But it turns out Mum’s happiness may be one of one of the secrets to raising successful, ...

 
Child sex abuse online "at breaking point"

The amount of child exploitation material online has doubled in the past year. What on earth is going on?