Mobile devices are enabling our kids to have the world at their fingertips. While this is such an awesome resource for kids to be able to connect with relatives and friends through social media, do their homework, play online gaming, watch YouTube videos, and download music and apps there is also a dangerous side to this ever-changing world of technology and it’s up to us to teach them the basic rules of Internet safety so that they can use all of these safely and responsibly.
Social apps are widely used by today’s preteens and teens. One popular app used is kik messenger. The app grants users anonymity, it allows searches by age and lets users send photos that aren’t stored on phones. It’s wildly popular with tweens and teens…and predators. Kik is an app that parents are unlikely to know about and it is a place where inappropriate sexual content and behavior can thrive. This app is a common avenue for sexting. For more information form parents go to: https://www.guardchild.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Kiks-Parent-Guide-1.pdf