I appreciate all who have taken the time to share their thoughts on the subject, especially teens who have done so in a respectful manner.
i Pads and i Phones: Where would we parents be without them?
I’m guessing this is a prevalent problem as it is also addressed in Kik’s help pages:https://kikinteractive.zendesk.com/entries/23496671-How-are-random-people-messaging-me-Some Kik users use Instagram (or other social media accounts) to publicize their Kik username in their profiles or by tagging their photos.
You’ll see some users with “Kik me” and then their Kik username in their profile. If they include their Kik username in their profile (and many do), anyone who sees their Kik username on Instagram could “hit them up” on Kik.
Case in point, I created a Kik account for the purposes of testing out the app. These have generally been spam messages, saying things like “Congratulations!
You’ve won a gift card, go to this spammy website”.
For that matter, how can we make sure that our devices and data are safe from our little ones’ inquisitive tinkering?
In this article you’ll discover 18 things you can do to help kid-proof your i Pad or i Phone, and make it safer for your child to use.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 .You can choose to delete unwanted messages or block the user from sending you future messages.You can also report spam, which will prevent that user from sending you messages.So keep this in mind if you allow your teen to use Instagram.