Did you know that you (and that means your kids) can watch YouTube videos using Kik Messenger? An observant and concerned reader contacted me about this. For those parents who have taken the time to restrict the YouTube app from their kid’s iPod touch, iPad or Phone, but have allowed Kik Messenger, you may want to take a closer look at this. There is more to Kik than just sending messages to friends.
Kik – more than just messaging
Kik introduced Kik “cards” in the fall of 2012, with their version 6.0 update. Kik cards allow you to send pictures, videos, drawings, games, and more from within the app. You can do this when typing a message to a Kik friend. Swipe the screen and to access built-in “cards” and add more choices. Some of these include:
- YouTube videos (Can browse, send and receive YouTube videos in the Kik app)
- #Kikstagram (send any Instagram picture – not just your own. This means your child’s Instagram photos could be used this way if they have a public account; just one more reason to make their Instagram account private)
- Image Search (Find and share images with your friends on Kik)
- PhotoBomb (Share photos that self-destruct after a couple of seconds – hmm, sounds a lot like Snapchat, doesn’t it?)
- Word (play word puzzles with friends)
- HeyHey! (Meet new people through photos every hour. I looked this up and from what I can tell, it is a way for Kik users to find new Kik friends, and most of the photos I saw were teens. Many shirtless boys, many pouty girls).
- Remember the Beer (share a shopping list with someone on Kik. It doesn’t really have anything to do with Beer)
- Celebrity Gossip
- And more (24 choices in all)
If you have allowed Kik for messaging but have said no to Instagram or YouTube, you may want to take a closer look at Kik. There are no settings available (that I could find) that would limit the ability to view these “cards” when using Kik.
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