Last year I posted about how an anonymous New Jersey pedophile told a local newspaper that instant messaging app Kik was ‘well known in their industry’. Now more recently a registered sex offender from Michigan contacted his local news station (WOOD) to tell them how dangerous Kik can be.
“This is not a toy. This is something very, very serious,” the man told Target 8. “This kik app is getting dangerous.”
Within minutes of creating a profile and without contacting anyone, two people — purportedly teenage girls — reached out to chat. One of the teens had a profile name indicating personal struggles.
The sex offender Target 8 interviewed said that is exactly what perpetrators look for.
“That’s when a sexual predator can jump in — like me. I would jump in and say ‘Hey. What’s your problem? Let’s talk,’” the man said. “I would be their comfort. I would be their go-to person.”
That’s all it takes. Within minutes of installing the app a predator could already be on his or her way to grooming your child.
It’s up to you as a parent if you want to allow this app on your kids’ phones but at least check it occasionally for inappropriate contact. As I’ve said many times before, you’re the only real defense between your kids and online predators.