Type of Resource


Publication Date

September 25, 2023


Social Media and Apps 

What is Kik?

Kik is a controversial messaging app popular with children and young people. During testing, our online safety experts found that it appears to be an app which features a high amount of inappropriate behaviour.

There are over 15 million monthly active users on Kik.

Core Functions

Public Groups on Kik mean anyone can join. Kik has groups for almost every interest and hobby (e.g. Harry Potter or cooking), but there are no guarantees that the chat inside the group will reflect the title.
Private Groups can be safer than public groups IF they are made up of a group of ‘real life’ friends. Users can have up to 50 members in a private group. The only way to access a private group is via an invite link or by scanning the group code.

Age Restrictions


Safety Settings

This app has very little safety features and no parent controls, but users can block and report others.

Top Tips

Deleting or deactivating a Kik account

When a user deactivates their profile, their Kik username will not be searchable and their name will be deleted from the contact lists of people they’ve talked to on the App. To reactivate an account, all they need to do is log back in.

When a user permanently deletes their account, it’s no longer possible to log in or access any of their contacts of message history.

Adjust your safety settings, report, and block in Kik

Welcome to the Online Safety Hub

How old are you?

If you are under 18, click the blue button below to visit the Online Safety Hub micro-site for children and young people.