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Given that there are many other free texting apps available, including i Message which is already included for i Pod touch, I don’t see a need for Kik on a child’s mobile device.
Perhaps Kik would be fine for an older teen, but there IS a reason this app is rated 17 , so just be aware of this before okay-ing for a younger teen. It’s true that Kik doesn’t rely on phone numbers or e-mail addresses.
If you don’t like what you see, discuss with your child.
Are they old enough and mature enough to deal with unwanted message?
In this example my daughter cannot download any app rated 17 .
If she were to try to download Kik, the option would be greyed out.
Relax @dave, I'm a customer for the past 5 months, and they never charge a penny more than they should, and whenever there's a problem, the support is very responsive and helpful.
Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs.
But knowing the basics — what they are, why they're popular, and what problems can crop up when they're not used responsibly — can make the difference between a positive and a negative experience for your kid.
Below, we've laid out some of the most popular types of apps and websites for teens: texting, microblogging, live-streaming, self-destructing/secret, and chatting/meeting/dating.
A review on the i Tunes page sums it up: “This app is quick easy and fun, but too many pedophiles asking me for nude pictures which almost forced me to delete this app.
But it is safe as long as you don’t talk to strangers.”————————————————————————5-20-2013: I’ve had to close comments on this article.
When I first wrote this up in 2012, I was curious about Kik so I went to the App store to download it.