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KIK

WHAT IS IT?

Kik is a free instant messaging app that lets you send text, photo and video messages to individuals or groups. You can also play games and talk to chatbots. There’s a Meet New People feature that lets you start a conversation with random users.

WHY DO KIDS USE IT?

It's fast and has no message limits, character limits, or fees if you just use the basic features, making it decidedly more fun in many ways than SMS texting.

RISKS

Sexual - HIGH

Violence - MEDIUM

Bullying - MEDIUM

Suicide and/or self harm - MEDIUM

Drugs, alcohol, crime - MEDIUM

WHAT CAN I DO?

Families can talk about QR codes and how companies like Kik use them to gather information about you.  In settings, show your child how to report or block contacts.