What do I need to know about Kik?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Kik. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views


What do children and young people dislike about it?

15% of the children and young people who reviewed Kik thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Kik were:

  • Being contacted by people they don’t know
  • You can be sent nasty messages


What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Kik were:

  • Meeting new people and making friends
  • Talking to your friends and sharing funny posts

Is content on Kik suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Kik. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).

Sexual

High Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about
Kik?

Boy, 15

“It's nice and simple. I have met people who help me through my day-to-day life. They help me relax, care for me when I'm sad. It's very easy and simple to use. The block and report system is very easy to use.”

Male, 18

“This app is unsafe as you can be chatting to strangers across the world and they have access to your account. And those strangers could be anyone.”

Girl, 15

“Profiles contain minimal information. However, anyone can message you however they please. I met some of my best friends on this app but it is filled with horrible people.”

Mother

“The openness and lack of control within this app makes it a world full of inappropriate conduct and abusive actions. I was sent naked pics of a man within minutes of being in a group.” - Mother of an 11 yr old girl

Mother

"It is an easy way for people to keep in touch with friends - separate to normal texting. However, like all internet usage, there are things that filter through which I would absolutely not want my children (or any children) to see.” – Mother of 6 and 8 yr olds

Father

“I can see little that would make me think it offered any security for children. It seems the only thing I could use is to block any user name that I don't want to contact me, but obviously this would only happen after any unwanted message/content had been seen.” – Father of 8 and 11 yr old girls

Kik

"Kik is way more than just messaging. It’s the easiest way to connect with your friends, stay in the loop, and explore – all through chat. No phone numbers, just pick a username."

O2 Guru's Top Tips for Kik

O2 Guru Paul says:


“Kik is a bit trickier than other messaging apps. On iOS you can block someone from their contact by clicking  on 'Info'. With Android you click on the main menu, head to 'Chat info' and click on the top right hand corner to block.”


Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.


For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2). 

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What's the right age for Kik?

13+

Kik says

With parent's permission. This is from Kik’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.

15+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.

11+

Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.

15+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 105 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Start a conversation with your child
about Kik

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