What is Kik?
Kik is a free messaging application available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Symbian. It allows users to send and receive messages (known as Kiks) using WiFi.
iOS covers iPod Touch and iPads as well as iPhones, so if your child has any of these devices, you should probably read on.
Who uses Kik?
Despite its 17+ rating in the App Store, Kik is extremely popular with kids and younger teens. Unless you’ve restricted apps by rating on your child’s smartphone, they can download anything they want.
Why should you care?
If Kik was just used to discuss homework and plans for the weekend, it wouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, it’s frequently used for sexting, swapping nude pictures, and chatting with strangers. The reviews in the app store are all the evidence you need of this: