Can I see messages my teen has sent or received?

If you have access to your teen’s smartphone or iPod, you’ll be able to view up to the last 1000 messages for each chat (depending on how old the chat is and which version of the app is being used.) There isn’t a way to view your teen’s messages on another supported smartphone but you may be able to see who they were chatting with last.

If you login to your teen’s account after they've logged out, or if you login on a new device, you'll still be able to see all the chats your teen had in their conversation list before they logged out. It's important to note however, that all your teen's messages will be cleared from those chats.

If you see "Nothing Yet" as the message preview to a chat in your teen's conversation list, it means that there are no messages between your teen and their friend in the chat. Once your teen starts chatting with a friend the "Nothing Yet" preview will disappear.

Using Kik is similar to making a phone call – we may have a record of messages being sent and received, but we never see or save the text of the messages between our users so we’re not able to provide parents with access to their teen’s messages.

If you’d like to monitor the messages your teen sends and receives through Kik, it’s best to ask your teen not to delete chats, and to provide you with access to their device.

TIPS

  • If your teen is using the latest version of Kik, they’ll be able to delete individual messages and entire chats.
  • Check out the “Is it possible to save Kik messages?” FAQ for more details about available message history.

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