Kik Interactive was developed by students at Waterloo University in 2008. In 2010, Kik Messenger app was developed and has since become the mobile chat app of choice for 40% of US teenagers (according to the company) contains an entire version of the internet inside its virtual borders.
Anonymity is the culprit behind the dangers linked to the Kik Messenger app. Although financially valuable to Kik, which has been valued at $1bn, it is something that parents need to learn about ASAP.
Cyber security is a huge concern for parents and with the ongoing development in mobile applications, parents should be concerned. Mobile apps and chatbots are trending because of the move to mobile for more of our internet communications. Chatbots are software that replace multiple applications so that a person can find everything from the weather, to games to music. There’s no need to go anywhere else.
The future of Chatbots could create a smartbot personal assistant for each of us inside our phones. Great for adults but for kids, this creates a space where they are vulnerable to the ugliness of the world.
According to an article in the New York Times, “law enforcement officials say it (Kik) has been linked to a growing number of abuse cases” and is linked to the death and murder of a 13 year old Virginia girl. “Kik is the problem app of the moment,” said David Frattare, commander of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.”