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. 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)
- Vine Videos (view and share videos from the Vine app)
- And just about everything else that’s available on the internet
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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