Kik Browser integrates YouTube videos and more into messaging app

Kik Messenger iconDid 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.  They later renamed this to Kik Browser.  The Kik Browser is essentially a web browser integrated directly into the messaging app.  Using the Kik Browser, you can view and send pictures, videos, drawings, games, and more from within the app.  You can do this when typing a message to a Kik friend, or you can just access the Kik Browser at the bottom of the screen to peruse the content providers.  Some of these include:

  • YouTube videos (Can browse, send and receive YouTube videos in the Kik app)
  • Image Search (Find and share images with your friends on Kik)
  • 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)
  • Talk to Strangers! (just like it sounds)
  • SoundCloud (send music and audio clips)
  • Flirt!
  • Vine Videos (view and share videos from the Vine app)
  • And just about everything else that’s available on the internet

Content available through Kik browser   kik-browser-discover-content

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.  Since Kik is rated 17+, there are no settings available that would limit the ability to view the Kik web browser.


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  1. Shannon says

    So my 11yr old daughter came to me yesterday with her ipod. She recieved a msg from a random boy who claimed to know her thru a friend of her at school named “nik”. She asked him to show her a picture of “nik” and himself as she does not know a “nik”. He sent her a picture of someone perhaps not himself. He then preceded to ask for pictures of her without her shirt on , her ass and would she have sex with him. He also said that he would send a picture of his abs and his dick. Thank goodness she is open enough to share with us what was going on. We went to our local police department but were told they can’t do anything as he has not committed a crime. We have since put privacy settings on her ipod as well as security settings. Just want parents to be aware of what can happen.

  2. Denise says

    Same with some mine craft apps, you can access YouTube via a link thru some mine craft apps/servers, aggghhhhh!

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