When you first meet a girl/guy on Kik Messenger, you want to display your great wit and sense of humor. Jokes are great icebreakers, so tell one that’s sure to get a laugh. Have a couple selfies ready with hilarious captions that fit the shot and let your personality shine through with your smile. There is always an exception, of course, but 9 out of 10 times, someone is really going to like a fun person that can laugh and engage in a friendly, relaxed way. Plus, a bit of shared laughter helps both of you interact and have fun.
Just don’t be too fast to share your personal information or ask for someone else’s information. It is your responsibility to behave safely online and to respect the safety and privacy concerns of others. It is always a good idea to keep things like your full real name, details on your location (home and school), and your phone number to yourself. As much as we want to trust other people and have them trust us, it is impossible to really know who is on the other end of a Kik Messenger chat.
One way to have a little bit of reassurance on just who your new Kik friend is, is to snap and exchange pictures right in Kik Messenger or, even better, make and exchange short video clips on Kik and share those. Agree to make a request of each other that is short but unusual that will work in a picture or an extremely short video clip. Put a short time limit on getting it back to each other, maybe 30 seconds.
For example, if someone texts you and says, “Say my name five times while holding your right hand up to your forehead like a salute” After you do that perfectly, you might text back, “Say my name five times while touching your left pinky finger to your chin.” Those work best on video, but you can come up with similar ideas for a pic if that is what you would rather do. You still have to be careful, though, as dishonest people have ways to create fake accounts and pictures. If you have any reservations, block the person or use another means of verification. There are some tools available for this, and the Kik support system is extremely helpful.
Creating a video or picture “in the moment” will allow you to see the person and may provide some assurances
Most of the time – the vast majority of the time – chatting with someone new on Kik Messenger is a fun time for everyone. People on Kik are friendly, helpful, and wanting to have a conversation with you.
There will be times, however, maybe 1 out of 100 times, that someone does not respect others. They may push for personal details like where you live or go to school or ask for a kind of photo or chat that makes you uncomfortable. You may not want to hear from them again, yet they keep sending messages. You tell them politely, but they don’t get the hint. Kik Messenger allows you to block users from getting their texts through to you. The other person does not know you have invoked a block, only that you are not reading his/her Kik messages.
Then there are the times – maybe 1 out of 10,000 – when someone does not respect others and behaves really badly because of it. Maybe you have let some information slip on where you live, and they somehow threaten or stalk you. That is an entirely different situation that must be reported for your safety and the safety of others this person may contact. You might want to talk it over with a parent, teacher, or counselor first, but someone should also contact local law enforcement about it. Kik Messenger has set up a special page to help the authorities to act on your behalf to address the situation further.