Children need to beware of Kik, mobile service for texts and images

Toronto, April 29 (CINEWS): Children have to be warned about using Kik, a free mobile service for sharing texts, images and videos anonymously.
While there are safety concerns with other apps, police and users say Kik is particularly popular with younger teens and children whose parents may not be as familiar with it as they are with social media sites like Facebook and Kik_Apr29Instagram.
Kik Interactive Inc, the company that created it seven years ago in Waterloo, Ont., says it has 275 million users who are on the the app for an average of 35 minutes per session.
Unlike many other messaging apps, Kik offers free, unlimited texting, along with games featuring animated characters and juvenile emojis which appeal to kids.
Kik also allows users to send messages directly to other users, without first approving them on a friend or contact list.
Police say there’s a lack of parental checks and controls with Kik, and some other apps, which is one of the reasons predators are drawn to them.

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