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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update. Kik Messenger wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. Kik Codes used to connect users to brands. No in-app purchases. User-generated content is unmonitored and can contain content related to drugs, alcohol, and smoking. Parents need to know that Kik is an app-based alternative to standard texting as well as a social networking app for smartphones.
With features like video, sketch, bot search, and friend or group code scanning, the app can be used by kids as young as 13 but should really only be used by older teens and adults since it's so easy to connect with strangers. There are no in-app or purchases, but the Kik Code function encourages users to use the app to connect themselves to commercial brands.
A group search helps you find people with similar interests, and then you can those groups or start your own. Once in a group, you can chat with members and send them photos, GIFs, videos, etc. A feature called "Kik Code" allows you to quickly friend people by scanning their codes with your phone's camera. The app provides a web search function that points users toward websites outside the app, and a Discover Bot feature lets them "socialize" and play games with online chat bots. In the plus column, there are no message limits, character limits, or fees, and you can send other users lots of content, but it's too easy for teens to connect with strangers.
The search function helps you find like-minded Kik users and their special interest art, music, cosplay, etc. You can also start your own. However, Kik has no age verification and no teen safeguards, and it's too easy for kids to talk to strangers of all ages in public groups. The "Kik Code" feature makes for instant profile swap with other users and is used to connect you with commercial products. A "discover more web s" function sends users outside the app toward presumably partner sites, and a "discover bots" function sets you socializing with branded AI bots.
All told, despite its fun features, it's a risky choice for teens. Families can talk about QR codes and how companies like Kik use them to gather information about you. What information do you share in your profile? Is it safe to share that information? Discuss the potential risks associated with using an approved app to download other third-party apps. What are the apps for?
What kind of information do they collect? Think about how bots function within social media. Are the bots for social interaction or advertising? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support. Our ratings are based on child development best practices.
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What parents need to know Parents need to know that Kik is an app-based alternative to standard texting as well as a social networking app for smartphones. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Kik Messenger is getting very popular with children under Continue reading. Report this review. Teen, 13 years old Written by Heretohelp26 November 7, It's fine It's a perfectly fine messaging app as long as you restrict you're children from oink text the app connected to Kik which randomly chooses Kik users f Teen, 14 years old Written by Gabs April 6, I got it when I was in year 6 I think, so about 11, way too young.
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