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Blink! - Secret Messaging



"Private" sharing service may offer false sense of security.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

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


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


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


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.

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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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. 

Families can talk about...

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

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

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 12, 2013
Category:Social Networking
Size:13.50 MB
Publisher:Meh Labs
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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Parent 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 to be themselves, as honest and spontaneous as they want. That means protecting everyone -- including and especially teens -- from the permanent record. The Internet is written in ink, and when teens use apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, they often make statements that they regret years later, such as when seeking admission to a college or trying to find a job. Conversations that we have in person are by nature private and ephemeral. Why is it that when we move our conversation to a mobile device, we give up that privacy and ephemerality? We want to bring the same privacy and ephemerality that you take for granted in the real world to your mobile device. That's a very good thing for teens, who typically have not yet mastered their "filter." Many of the statements in the above review are unfortunately misleading or are flat out false. For example, if a user voluntarily chooses to register using Facebook, we store *only* their name and email address. Nothing more. We use Facebook to connect people to Facebook friends, not to mine data, as this review implies. We specifically do not offer screenshot detection because it gives users a false sense of security. Even our competitors call screenshot detection "a gimmick." The parents we spoke with unanimously supported this decision. Further, most messaging apps require users to use their phone numbers as their identity within the app. We allow users to choose their own ID as their identity, thereby ensuring your phone number stays private. That means that when you add a friend, you do not need to give out your phone number. I'd be happy to answer questions about how the app handles user data and privacy, and I encourage the reviewer and the team at Common Sense Media to contact me directly and I'll be more than happy to answer any other questions about our product. We set out from day 1 to build an app that is the most private means of communicating online, and we've given our users a substantial number of tools to enable that. Please feel free to email me: kevin (at) (That's .co, not .com.) Thanks! Kevin Stephens Co-founder & CEO, Blink
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