According to a BBC News report, the popular social media app, KIK has been present in more than 1,100 child sexual abuse cases in the last five years.
The free messaging app, which is most popular among teens and young adults, allows users to set up their own profile to send friends texts, pictures and emojis. But, the BBC claims that of 29 police forces that provided information, 28 of them reported child exploitation cases involving KIK.
Taylor (not her real name) was groomed by over 100 men on KIK at the age of 13. She said “it started with a lot of selfies… but it would escalate to underwear photos… naked photos, then videos”.
KIK declined to be interviewed by the BBC but stated that it was “constantly assessing and improving it’s trust and safety measures”. However, PC Cullum doesn’t think tech companies are doing enough to protect children, claiming that authorities are “banging [they’re] heads against a brick wall”.
If you want to help keep your children safe online, check out our Internet Safety for Young People below: