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. Kik Messenger is a free texting app available for i Phones, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones.Remember, you don’t need a phone to use i Phone apps; if your child has an i Pod touch or an i Pad, they can install i Phone apps.Advertised as “Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments” in the Apple Store, this anonymous app by Ambient is much like Yik Yak and Whisper. Learn more about After School in this Safe Smart Social video.is a social network where members interact by inviting others to ask anonymous questions.
Includes stories from Slender Man, a fictional character that inspired two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls to stab and nearly kill a friend.
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.
But –People can guess your username and send you messages. However, I have received Kik messages from strangers many times.
Same deal, but this time with a calculator icon posing as something it isn't.
Sedgrid Lewis, online safety expert, notes that these apps look like a normal calculator app but when teens push a button within the app they can hide all inappropriate pictures.