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.
It didn’t take me long to see what the problem is with Kik. It’s clear that some people blatantly use Kik to send and receive nude pictures. (Kik also includes an integrated web browser with easy access to inappropriate content for children).
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.
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”.
Kik Messenger is a free texting app available for i Phones, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones.
Remember, you don’t need a phone to use i Phone apps; if your child has an i Pod touch or an i Pad, they can install i Phone apps.