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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. Call them for free on 0808 800 5002.

You can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 online safety guru here.


What's the right age for Kik?


Kik says

This is taken from Kik’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2017.


Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of nearly 700 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2017.


Children say

Based on 1,696 responses from children and young people in December 2016 and January 2017.


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 604 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Is content on Kik suitable for children and young people?

We asked young people and parents to tell us about the content they came across on Kik. Here are the types of inappropriate content that they reported:


Medium Risk

Violence and hatred

Low Risk


Low Risk

Suicide and self-harm

Low Risk


Low Risk

48% of parents reported seeing sexual content on Kik. 24% reported adult or illegal content, which could include alcohol, gambling, swearing or drugs.

19% of young people reported seeing violence and hatred on Kik. 17% reported either bullying or sexual content.

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