I read the description and noticed there were over 40,000 reviews for the app. In the app store now (2015) there aren’t as many recent reviews like the ones I saw back in 2012.
That’s a lot and I was curious to see what people had to say. Take a look – these comments were all left on just one day and there are thousands more like them. Newer reviews I saw were mostly related to recent updates, but I still observed some iffy comments such as While I’m sure that many people use Kik to simply send messages to friends, the fact that it is very popular for sexting leads me to believe it is not a good choice for kids.
I’m guessing this is a prevalent problem as it is also addressed in Kik’s help pages: https://kikinteractive.zendesk.com/entries/23496671-How-are-random-people-messaging-me- Some Kik users use Instagram (or other social media accounts) to publicize their Kik username in their profiles or by tagging their photos.
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.
Case in point, I created a Kik account for the purposes of testing out the app. These have generally been spam messages, saying things like “Congratulations!You’ve won a gift card, go to this spammy website”.