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Blink! - Secret Messaging
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Blink! - Secret Messaging is a mobile messaging app that erases messages after a set period of time. Users can send text messages, pictures, video, audio, or sketches. While the images and messages do disappear, it's easy for user to take a screen shot of them and save them forever. Users can also chat 1:1 or in groups. Parents should be aware of the app, as it allows kids and teens to communicate covertly, with no evidence that the conversation ever took place.
What's it about?
Users send what are advertised to be private, self-destructing messages in the form of texts, photos, videos, audio recordings, or sketches. Once opened, the app deletes them after a pre-determined period of time, but not before recipients can capture a screen shot of what was sent.
Is it any good?
While Blink! - Secret Messaging promotes itself as a way to send messages, photos, videos, and more to friends in a method that leaves no footprints, the app takes no precautions to prevent recipients from capturing images of what's sent -- a loophole that opens kids up to all sorts of potential bullying and blackmail.
Like many of the Snapchat clones on the market, it advertises anonymity, but through Facebook integration and a mandatory registration process that requires, at the least, a functioning email, it's lacking in that as well. The one thing the app has going for it is the variety of different content types it supports -- letting those who choose to use it communicate in whatever method they'd like.
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