Many users are just looking for an alternative to WhatsApp Messenger, but before competing application Kik Messenger “warns the criminologist Thomas Gabriel Ruediger.
Especially minors should avoid this Messenger. Because this would disproportionately often used by potential sex offenders to make contact with children and young people. This is also clear from the user comments in Google’s Play Store, which often deal with the app, but are more like a dating platform.
In the past there were on different platforms, which are mostly frequented by younger users, cases in which adults abused the supposed anonymity to come in clear intention in contact with minors. This is now also at Kik so, since this provides ideal conditions the system, as Rüdiger against the weekly newspaper The time executed.
So the Messenger is predominantly used by teenagers – to not only communicate with friends, but also to establish new contact. There is also in contrast to WhatsApp a higher degree of anonymity. So here is for example not the mobile number or any other feature that would assign a person identification.
In addition, according to the criminologists a combination of Kik with Instagram. On the photo-platform, it has become that teenagers invite other users who find it interesting to chat in the Messenger. This request is often followed. By the fashion to fill the galleries with their own so-called Selfies, here of course older the opportunity to target specific younger users.
In Australia, the police has filed the kik for mac was the case last year as the current biggest problem in the social media area. In Germany the authorities are lagging in analyzes and countermeasures still behind. Rüdiger therefore recommends especially the parents, to raise their children accordingly.