We asked parents how easy they thought it would be for a child to pretend to be older in order to sign up to Kik, and whether they had to verify their phone number or email address. Based on these answers, Kik has received a negative rating for its sign up process.
Here are some of the things parents said:
- “Appears to have little requiring you to verify who you are. They don’t ask for identifying information in the way that other apps do.” – Father of 16 yr old
- “Very simple and quick, only name, email, birthday and password required. Didn't ask me to agree to any T&Cs or anything like that.” - Father of 8 and 11 yr old girls