I’m guessing this is a prevalent problem as it is also addressed in Kik’s help pages: https://kikinteractive.zendesk.com/entries/23496671-How-are-random-people-messaging-me- Some Kik users use Instagram (or other social media accounts) to publicize their Kik username in their profiles or by tagging their photos.
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.
Kik is just one of many free texting apps available in the App store.
When I first wrote this up in 2012, I was curious about Kik so I went to the App store to download it.
Perhaps Kik would be fine for an older teen, but there IS a reason this app is rated 17+, so just be aware of this before okay-ing for a younger teen. It’s true that Kik doesn’t rely on phone numbers or e-mail addresses.
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”.