A Dangerous App For Children And Teens
I've been following Kik Messenger for a while now and reporting on its lack of safety for kids. Kik Messenger is getting very popular with children under 10 years of age. I work with the police, here in Australia on Cyber Safety education and they, educators and cyber safety educators like myself are seeing increased incidents of children being sent porn by predators on this app. Police are reporting that Kik Messenger is the No1 problem app for predator behaviour. The other part of Kik that is incredibly dangerous is the now over 400 apps that Kik Messenger promotes and hosts within its app. These are a mixture of adult "hook up" style apps, games, vote for the cute girl or boy, anonymous confession apps, and snapchat style apps. None of these included apps within Kik Messenger have been verified by iTunes or Google Play. They could contain viruses, spam, and some do contain porn. None of them comes with an age rating either. Any filter or parental control you enable on hour child's device does not work to block any of the very adults apps now available from within Kik. Kik Messenger is designed for adults and that is why it is now rated 17+ on both the iTunes and Google Play store. Kids who say that this app is safe, are still at high risk for being sent porn and nasty messages from strangers, if they haven't already. Many kids are getting sent porn as way of introduction as other reviewers have pointed out, before they even have a chance to block them. My Video which shows how Kik Messenger works, has many many comments from kids and adults complaining about strangers and predators contacting kids and sending porn on this app. The privacy settings have changed now, and messages from strangers now go through to the main chat window they are simply blurred, you are prompted to click on them. You can find out more at my website about this. http://thecybersafetylady.com.au/2013/07/why-kik-messenger-is-unsafe-for...
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