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.
In some instances, they can even trace the physical location of where a message was sent.
If you really have to get together with someone you “met” online, don’t go alone.
Have the meeting in a public place, tell a parent or some other solid backup, and bring some friends along.● Be smart when using a cell phone.
Be cautious when communicating with people you don’t know in person, especially if the conversation starts to be about sex or physical details.
Don’t lead them on — you don’t want to be the target of a predator’s grooming.
The importance of keeping yourself secure in these social media environments is more important than ever.
Last week the FBI confirmed that the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell was connected to the anonymous messaging app Kik.
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.
If you use Kik, follow these tips from Safe Teens to protect yourself:● Think about what you post.
Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails, can cause you problems later on.