Parents warned of dangers associated with popular app

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There’s startling new information about a popular app used by teenagers called KIK.

The app, geared towards teens, allows users to communicate anonymously and share pictures and videos.

In just a matter of weeks, there have been several cases of predators targeting teenagers through the app.

New 2 learned parents have little recourse against app creators if their child is targeted.

“Could the parent sue the app maker because this is a vessel or vehicle to communicate?” attorney Davis Louis Raybin said. “Generally speaking, you can’t, and the reason is these are just conduits for communication. Just like a predator could solicit a child on a cell phone or telephone.”

So what can parents do?

“A resource that we recommend here at TBI is one that was produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They are the experts in this type of work. It’s called,” said Josh DeVine, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman.

The site provides interactive and age appropriate resources to help teach children how to communicate safer on and offline. It’s designed for children ages 5 to 17, parents and guardians.

News 2 tried to contact someone from KIK but they didn’t list a number to call online. Instead, we sent them an email and received an automatic reply.

The company is based in Canada.

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