App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Simple way for families to share fun pictures and stories.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not recommended for learning.

Ease of Play

A stronger overview would help with some of the icon and language choices, but not difficult to use overall.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that blinx is a way for families to share what has been going on in their day in a closed environment. While it's not a difficult app to use, the features may not be clear when starting; some family members might need a hand. It requires a mobile phone number for registering and connecting wth others. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

BLINX was created by a dad who wanted his daughters to be able to easily share pictures of their day with their mom who wasn't able to attend. It's simple: You add pictures with optional comments and voice memos. Each of these is called a "blinx." They can be grouped into themed blinxbooks, each of which is associated with one or more of your contacts, or your "in-crowd." When kids publish, the blinx is added to the blinxbook and shared with the in-crowd.

Is it any good?

Sharing pics with parents, grandparents, and other loved ones doesn't get much simpler than this. For on-the-go families, it's not always easy to keep up with all of the adventures. Not everyone wants to share their exploits on social media sites, and group texts or picture-sharing sites don't have the same accessibility and curation for a whole group. The blinx app provides another option by allowing kids to share their special moments -- with voice commentary -- with their favorite people all at once in a private and secure way. Although the app is relatively easy to use, there's a lot of jargon (blix, blinxbooks, in-crowd, gems) that make it more challenging for some to dive into. Updating the in-crowd isn't entirely intuitive, either. A better overview would be nice for those who are just getting started. But once you figure it out, it's quick to add a picture here and there throughout your day. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how photos can tell a story using apps like blinx. Go through old photos and see what stories they tell. 

  • Talk about expectations around sharing images. What images are appropriate to share? Are there images that are not appropriate to share?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 2, 2019
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 57.40 MB
  • Publisher: box&rox ltd
  • Version: 1.37
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: September 29, 2020

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