Threat Level- High
Kik, also known as Kik Messenger is an instant message application for mobile devices. The app is available on most all Devices free of charge. Kik Messenger is similar to BlackBerry’s Messenger, and iPhone’s iMessage. Kik uses a smartphone’s data plan or Wi-Fi to transmit and receive messages, a feature that appeals to individuals looking to avoid text messaging rates set by phone service providers. Kik offers fast text messaging service and also allows users to share photos, sketches, voice messages, and other content. Kik Messenger uses a username instead of a phone number, allowing for more privacy than other forms of text messaging. Kik is well received amongst users and has an average rating of 4.4 (out of 5) on the Google play store.
This is another app that uses user accounts to send messages to others. Be sure your child does not have multiple accounts on different devices that they may be communicating with. This app does allow sharing of text, photos and Voice messages so be sure to check history on app. This is a popular messaging app, due to the user not having to have a cellphone or even a phone number. Just a username.
Kids will often use the terminology.. Kik me.. in referring to send me a message.