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Federal authorities and parents are scrutinizing a popular teen messaging app following the murder of a Virginia teen who may have met her killer via the anonymous chat system. Police arrested two Virginia Tech students in connection with the death of Nicole Lovell, 13, whose body was found three days after she snuck out of her home Jan.
Authorities declined to discuss how the college students met the teen. The Roanoke Times reported Lovell shared her Kik username on at least one online teen dating site and friends told the Associated Press she was using the app to chat with an year-old man. The company confirmed Thursday it turned over data to the FBI and local police investigating the case, but declined to specify what information it had provided. Kik is popular with kids because it offers almost no effective parental monitoring and lacks controls to prevent children from using it. The company said it uses "typical" industry standards for age verification and will delete s of anyone younger than 13 if it finds them, or it a parent requests it.
That means it can be used on non-phone devices such as Kindles, iP or iPod Touches, making it harder to monitor. A newly updated guide for parents posted on the company's website Thursday explains how the app works and offers suggestions for monitoring its use.
Among the recommendations: Parents should ask their children for the password, review recent messages and block anyone sending inappropriate messages. The company also offers guidance on how to report suspected illegal activity to police, and explains how parents can request an be deleted. Colon said kids love using the Internet because they receive attention they might not be getting elsewhere. Lotter said parents need to ensure they're monitoring kids' Internet use and regularly talk about what's appropriate. Several people recently posted on the Kik download on iTunes asking the company to change the way the app works to improve child safety.
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Kik Messenger App Scrutinised Following Year-Old's Death