Should kids be on KIK? - Hope 103.2

Should kids be on KIK?

Recently 14 year old Hunters Hill resident, Krystal Muheiddine went missing after she ran away with a boy she met on social media.  She was using the texting app Kik, which is extremely popular with kids.Audio – Hear Collett Smart explain some of the problems of teens being on social media, especially Kik. Download Audio […]

By Katrina RoeThursday 5 Dec 2013Hope MorningsParentingReading Time: 1 minute

Recently 14 year old Hunters Hill resident, Krystal Muheiddine went missing after she ran away with a boy she met on social media.  She was using the texting app Kik, which is extremely popular with kids.

What are the problems with teenagers being on social media

Audio – Hear Collett Smart explain some of the problems of teens being on social media, especially Kik.

While her parents knew she was talking to boys online, they didn’t realise she had met up with one of them, nor did they expect that she would get in a car with somebody she had only met once.

Many parents may not realise that Kik has recently moved to a 17+ age restriction, and has been described by NSW Police as ‘the number 1 social media problem for teens’.   It has increasingly become a place where online predators prey on young kids.  

Why is Kik such a problem?  And how is it different to other social media?

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Collett Smart is a adolescent psychotherapist with Family Smart.  She says KIK doesn’t have the same privacy restrictions as facebook, and nor does it allow parents to see who their children are interacting with.   It’s also been described as a ‘sexting app’ because young people can send photos that self-destruct after a set period of time.