APP Update 4: Kik Messenger

10th February 2018

Kik Messenger is an app that lets users text for free. It's fast and has no message limits, character limits, or fees if you only use the basic features. Because it's an app, the texts won't show up on your child's phone's messaging service, and you're not charged for them (beyond standard data rates).

What parents need to know:

-Stranger danger is an issue. Kik allows communication with strangers who share their Kik usernames to find people to chat with.

-There's also a Kik community blog where users can submit photos of themselves and screenshots of messages (sometimes displaying users' full names) to contests.

-It's loaded with ads and in-app-purchases. Kik specialises in "promoted chats" - conversations between brands and users. It also offers specially designed apps (accessible only through the main app), many of which offer products for sale.

LEGAL AGE: 13