If you see the Kik messenger icon, open the app and take a look at the messages.If you don’t like what you see, discuss with your child.

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You can adjust App Rating restrictions (at least for i Pod, i Pad and i Phone users) to prevent the download of adult-oriented apps like Kik. Once set up your child will not be able to download apps over the allowed app rating.

In this example my daughter cannot download any app rated 17 .

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.

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.

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.

Are they old enough and mature enough to deal with unwanted message?