These features were developed in response to the widespread use of Kik for "cross-app" communication, whereby a user who encounters people on another app (usually a gaming app) would then use Kik to communicate with them.a feature allowing users to send previously recorded videos in Kik Messenger for Android and i OS; and "Kik Codes", which assigns each user a unique code similar to a QR code, making it easier to connect and chat with other users.A main attraction of Kik that differentiates it from other messaging apps is its anonymity.
Parents cannot automatically view their child's Kik communications remotely from another device, but instead must have the password to their child's user account and view the communications on the same device used by their child.
Kik Interactive has said that it uses "typical" industry standards for age verification, that "perfect age verification" is "not plausible", and that the company deletes accounts of users under 13 when it finds them, or when a parent requests the deletion.
Kik Messenger, commonly called Kik, is a freeware instant messaging mobile app from the Canadian company Kik Interactive, available free of charge on i OS, Android, and Windows Phone operating systems.
Kik Messenger has drawn controversy due to its reported involvement in a number of incidents of child exploitation.
Since May 2014, Kik has contained a safety feature that blurs messages from strangers, so that users must opt in to view content sent by people outside their network.