Blink! - Secret Messaging

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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"Private" sharing service may offer false sense of security.

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Ease of Play

The app is easy to grasp, with clear directions and notifications. 

Violence

Because the content is user generated, there's a chance that users will discuss violence.

Sex

Because the content is user generated, there's a chance that users will discuss sex.

Language

Because the content is user generated, there's a chance that users will use iffy language.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Because the content is user generated, there's a chance that users will discuss drugs, smoking, or alcohol.

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. 

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Adult Written byKevin Stephens April 2, 2014

From the CEO of Blink...

I'm Kevin Stephens, co-founder and CEO of Blink. I'd like to correct a number of misunderstandings in this review. First, our goal is to allow people... Continue reading

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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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of privacy, especially when you're young. 

  • Families can also discuss age-appropriate ways to meet people. 

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