Latest Edit: May 16th 2015 Kik Messenger is constantly adding new “features” and changing settings, it now has a huge adult content spam problem.This post is growing and constantly being updated as new issues and features come to light.

Kim Messenger is a convenient, simple & free SMS substitute.

It is one of the only cross platform (operates on all mobile devices) messaging apps that doesn’t require a phone number to be registered.

Publicising Kik User Names On Social Media If your child ever publicises their Kik user name on any social media, or someone else does, they may get contacted by strangers if privacy settings are not absolutely secure.

There are many other ways for people to find Kik Messenger user names.

Most Kik users have been sent messages from a complete stranger.

This happens even with the “Notify for New People” feature, where you can supposedly switch off being notified of a message waiting for you from a new contact. Reports of Porn Bots (robots, automated accounts) sending unsolicited messages to users even with the “privacy” settings enabled.

These new messages are showing up in the feeds and some look like they are from Kik Messenger admin, when they are not!

Read this post from Adland TV and this one from Forbes about the New “privacy” setting and Porn Bots.

Address Book Sync If your child follows the constant prompts to allow Kik to scan their address book, the Kik app will then find friends with a Kik account, or… When I synced Kik with my address book I received suggestions to “friend” the sons and daughters of my adult friends in my address book, even though the child’s email and phone number was not in my address book.