This is another platform that allows the exchanging of texts, images and videos for free – as long as there’s an Internet connection. You can also create sketches and send your contacts virtual greeting cards.
Is there cause for concern?
This app has been reported in several crime cases (such as the murder of a 13-year-old girl and a separate child pornography case). It’s been marked to facilitate predatory activity as strangers can automatically start conversations with you, as long as they have your username on Kik (information which users can post on other social media sites). “It looks to me like Kik hasn’t done any kind of risk assessment. They’ve allowed for anonymous communication without sufficient privacy and safety controls,” says Sonia Livingstone, a professor of social psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics.