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.
The ability to share messages without alerting parents has been noted as "one of the reasons why teens like Kik".
Kik added Safe Photo to its safety features in October 2016 which "detects, reports, and deletes known child exploitation images" sent through the platform.
Kik partnered with Connect Safely in 2016 to produce a "parents handbook" and joined The Technology Coalition, an anti-sexual exploitation group including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Linked In.
In March 2016, Kik Interactive was involved in a high-profile dispute over use of the name "kik" with independent code developer Azer Koçulu, the author of numerous open-source software modules published on npm, a package manager widely used by Java Script projects to install dependencies.
Koçulu had published an extension to on npm under the name "kik".