The young victim used the platform to message her alleged killer, David Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old Virginia Tech freshman who has since been arrested and charged with her abduction and death. It’s created a community of over 200 million users, but not everyone is just chatting with people they know personally.A recent report from , however, shines a light on how Nicole isn't the only minor to become a victim on Kik, and raises concerns about the growing number of cases that involve predators using the free texting platform. Strangers can guess your username and begin messaging you without warning.
All the same tips apply with phones as with computers.Don’t lead them on — you don’t want to be the target of a predator’s grooming.If they persist, call your local police or contact Cyber ● Avoid in-person meetings.Each calendar entry has associated icons for the website, type of communication, fellowship and a link to the website to begin the meeting.Last week the FBI confirmed that the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell was connected to the anonymous messaging app Kik.Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails, can cause you problems later on.Even people you consider friends can use this info against you, especially if they become ex-friends.● Read between the “lines.” It may be fun to check out new people for friendship or romance, but be aware that, while some people are nice, others are simply acting nice because they’re trying to get something.Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulation than friendship or romance.● Don’t talk about sex with strangers.Be cautious when communicating with people you don’t know in person, especially if the conversation starts to be about sex or physical details.Kik is basically a chat room and allows users to anonymously message one another via usernames. Since anyone can create a username, cyber-bullies and sexual predators can use it to communicate and commit crimes in an environment where it's hard for law enforcement to retrieve the messages.According to , in the case of a court order or emergency situation Kik can [provide] ( the authorities with a time-stamped log of a Kik user’s sent and received messages, such as in the case of Nicole.