What Parents Need to Know about Kik

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This week's free online safety guide focuses on Kik. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, sexting and fake profiles.

A free online safety guide on Kik.

Kik is a free messaging app used by 300 million people worldwide that lets users exchange messages, photos, videos, GIFs and webpages via a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. Kik is unusual in that your child can sign up without a phone number and then find and message other people via just their username. Kik is aimed at anyone aged 13 years and older – the app says teens between 13 and 18 years old will need parental permission but it does not verify ages.

In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as online grooming, sexting and fake profiles.