According to , in the case of a court order or emergency situation Kik can [provide] ( the authorities with a time-stamped log of a Kik user’s sent and received messages, such as in the case of Nicole.In some instances, they can even trace the physical location of where a message was sent.
All the same tips apply with phones as with computers.
Except phones are with you wherever you are, often away from home and your usual support systems.
Be cautious when communicating with people you don’t know in person, especially if the conversation starts to be about sex or physical details.
Don’t lead them on — you don’t want to be the target of a predator’s grooming.
A recent report from , however, shines a light on how Nicole isn't the only minor to become a victim on Kik, and raises concerns about the growing number of cases that involve predators using the free texting platform. Strangers can guess your username and begin messaging you without warning.
Kik is basically a chat room and allows users to anonymously message one another via usernames. Since anyone can create a username, cyber-bullies and sexual predators can use it to communicate and commit crimes in an environment where it's hard for law enforcement to retrieve the messages.If they persist, call your local police or contact Cyber ● Avoid in-person meetings.The only way someone can physically harm you is if you’re both in the same location, so in order to stay 100% safe don’t meet them in person.Kik [recommends] (https://kikinteractive.zendesk.com/entries/23496671-How-are-random-people-messaging-me-) that if people use the app, that they choose a username that’s hard to guess, block anyone who messages them inappropriately, and not share their username on public platforms like Instagram or Facebook. Only use Kik to message people you know personally.Talking to strangers when you have no way of knowing who they are, or are pretending to be, is not worth the risk.However, they cannot view deleted messages, which makes the dangers hard to monitor.