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Kick out the KIK App from your child’s phone: Online safety


KIK app review

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Children these days are quite net and smart phone savvy. They not only know how to operate any gadget but also download all the games and apps they want for themselves. But like everything else in life kids being technology savvy also has some disadvantages and sometimes, dire consequences. The consequences can range from weak eyesight to getting entrapped in a situation whence it is difficult for children to get out on their own. It is not that we are not aware of the dangers lurking in the dark alleys of Internet, it is just that at times we as parents become complacent.

There was a time when we as parents were worried about our kids safety while crossing the roads or when they ran helter-skelter without looking where they are going and today is the time when we parents are constantly worried about our children’s safety and the risk of abuse – whether they are at home (from a trusted family member or a house help), at school (peon, sweeper, bus driver, conductor or even the maid), at parks where they play (senior kids, uncles or aunts) and the last but definitely not the least – our gadgets, on which they play games, download numerous apps and make friends.

One such App is KIK. KIK (pronounced as Kick) is an Android based app that lets the person connect with the other person without revealing their real name, age and profession. And therein lies the danger for kids. Well, yes a child sexual predator is not bothered about the child’s age as long as he or she is getting gratified.

Yes, I know some of us might be thinking but this happens only in western countries and not in our country where we teach our kids about morals and values. For a moment even I thought that, but then if we look at the recent events that have happened in our country or are happening can we really say that this does not happen here in our country. That our children are safe because we are constantly monitoring them – especially our teens and pre-teens who these days have separate phones and insist on privacy, as soon as they complete 11 years.

The answer is NO! It is not that we don’t trust our kids with their safety but it does help to be more vigilant as parents. And with the features like these any teen or pre-teen is bound to get tempted. What makes this App so tempting to kids, especially to teenagers?

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Swati Nitin Gupta is a journalist with extensive experience in writing for newspapers, tabloids, magazines and online media in India as well as Middle East. She has written on a range of topics, from human interest stories to event coverage to features on topics like fashion, beauty, women, children, travel and general health issues. As an Indian Army officer's daughter, Swati has been been exposed to the various cultures and lifestyles of different states of the country – knowledge of which she tries to incorporate in her writing. Swati also maintains her personal blogs at swatisays.wordpress.com and swati1012.wordpress.com.


One thought on “Kick out the KIK App from your child’s phone: Online safety

  1. sia

    Internet is a scary place.for good parenting we refer to our parents. But we find no such corelation while tackling the social media. The wisest course would be to educate the child about the pitfalls very clearly

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