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.But –People can guess your username and send you messages. However, I have received Kik messages from strangers many times.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.
If she were to try to download Kik, the option would be greyed out.
So parents, check your child’s phone or i Pod touch.
In a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers found that nearly one-quarter of at-risk middle school students between the ages of 12 and 14 have sexted in the past six months.
With younger age groups having access to more social platforms, it's imperative that parents use their cyber-shields to spread awareness of online safety and the issue of sexting.
You can adjust App Rating restrictions (at least for i Pod, i Pad and i Phone users) to prevent the download of adult-oriented apps like Kik. Once set up your child will not be able to download apps over the allowed app rating.