Kik can connect you with people you do not know through other social media sites.
Since a Kik profile is independent, one can never be sure of who is actually on the other end.
Often, compromising photos and videos are taken and shared by a victim who trusted the original recipient, only to be betrayed later when that trusted recipient shares the embarrassing content with others, all to harass or hurt the sender.
Cyber-bullying has become the way teens gang up on one another, either by sending taunting pictures and messages or using more "under the radar" spheres to spread rumors about a victim, tease or embarrass another person.
These social media applications provide a far-reaching medium for cyber-bullying to occur.
These platforms are used to widely share everything from nasty messages to embarrassing photographs or videos.
It is the 4th most popular i Phone app: Up to 1,000 photos sent per second.
Snap Chat creates the illusion of security for teens to engage in sexting because they can choose the recipients and the pictures and videos are advertised as disappearing immediately with no permanent record. However, this is a false sense of security, because the recipient can take a screenshot of the content and share with anyone else.
The ever-increasing immersion of social media and its emphasis on creating "connections," coupled with easier access to smart phones, has changed the way the world communicates.
Many of us feel helpless when faced with both the youthful demand for technology and our own inability to understand how it works and how it can be used -- or misused.
How many of us have given in and handed over a mobile device that gives our children, at the youngest ages, complete access to the world -- with all of its lures and dangers, with access to predators and opportunities to bully?
Will they communicate in ways that are not appropriate?
Does my child know what is acceptable and what would be considered inappropriate, in text or images?