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.
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.