Kik is a community chat app that allows users to connect with brands or chat one-on-one or in groups, with text, emojis, memes, videos and photos.
Teens also like that they can be anonymous on Kik. Kik does not verify, but does maintain this information in their records. The email address and date of birth are not publicly visible to other users.
The Kik username can be anything. Having a hard to guess username allows your teen to have more control over who may contact them on Kik. Teens should also avoid picking a username that is sexually suggestive or otherwise inappropriate. Users can add a profile photo that is visible to anyone.
Parents should have a conversation with their teens about appropriate profile pictures, including what they are wearing and how they present themselves, and whatever might appear in the background. From there they can see who among their phone contacts has also opted in to the feature are also on Kik.
The user can choose to opt into this feature at any time. Kik allows users to make new friends who share common interests or deepen bonds with existing friends already on Kik. Parents should talk with their teens about what friends to connect with on Kik, perhaps starting only with friends they know and then gradually widening their circles with friends of friends or by joining groups that share their interests.
Every user and bot has a Kik Code associated with their account, which can be scanned by other Kik users to quickly connect and begin chatting. Teens should always be aware of where they post their Kik Code. Public Groups make it easy to meet people with similar interests.
It could be a sports team, a celebrity, a video game, a political party, a hobby, a dance, or any other interest people share. Private groups allow users to have more control over who they connect with as users must receive an invite in order to join.
If the conversation goes off-topic, especially if it gets personal or sexual, they may want to consider reporting or blocking the user, or leaving that group.
Users can also report an entire group. Users can share images and videos in both one-to-one conversations and group chats.
Teens should also be reminded that they should have permission from anyone who is in the photo or video or might have their privacy violated prior to sending.
Kik also lets users live video chat in one-to-one chats and in private group chats, with up to six other Kik users. The New Chats section blurs any images and videos sent by these accounts. Your teen has the option to chat with the new user which will un-blur the contentor they can also choose to delete, block, or report the person without ever having to review the content.
Once a user submits a reportKik will review the reports submitted with chat history and take appropriate action. The reporter can choose to remove the conversation from their device, and the reported person or group will not know who reported them. Everyone should be respectful of themselves and others, be mindful of what they post, and understand how to use any privacy settings, security tools, or blocking and reporting mechanisms.