I appreciate all who have taken the time to share their thoughts on the subject, especially teens who have done so in a respectful manner. Your naked selfie could end up being shared on social media, or passed around the entire school/uni/workplace.
You can choose to delete unwanted messages or block the user from sending you future messages.
You can also report spam, which will prevent that user from sending you messages.
I’m guessing this is a prevalent problem as it is also addressed in Kik’s help pages: https://kikinteractive.zendesk.com/entries/23496671-How-are-random-people-messaging-me- Some Kik users use Instagram (or other social media accounts) to publicize their Kik username in their profiles or by tagging their photos.
You’ll see some users with “Kik me” and then their Kik username in their profile. If they include their Kik username in their profile (and many do), anyone who sees their Kik username on Instagram could “hit them up” on Kik.
Sexting is sending or receiving nude or partially nude photos or videos through the Internet or cell phones. And these types of activities are common today: The Internet is a perfect forum to meet new people, but some with malicious intent can use it to “befriend” your child.
When teens engage in this risky behavior, many things can go wrong. At times, these images can be considered “child pornography,” and some teens have already been given felony charges. Internet predators are expert manipulators, able to foster a relationship of dependence with a teenager.
No matter how much you trust your partner, a topless photo could come back to haunt you.
Recently, when a schoolgirl sending an explicit photo to her boyfriend, resulted in the police being called in.
If she were to try to download Kik, the option would be greyed out.
So parents, check your child’s phone or i Pod touch.
Nothing else has so radically shaped culture, media, commerce, entertainment, and communication.