Down

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App Review – Down
Threat Level – Very High

If you remember my app review for Bang With Friends, you will recognize this app called Down. Down as in, down to have sex.

Shortly after the release of the app Bang with friends, the Apple store banned the App from the App Store. Android was the only place that aloud the app Bang with friends. So what does the company that brought the app Bang with Friends do? They make a few tweaks to their app to relaunch as quick as they can. Introducing Down.

Down is an IOS app that allows Facebook members to discreetly facilitate hook-ups from their smartphones. Yes I said hook ups! Absolutely ridiculous that an app such as this would be allowed. I have sent my concerned email again to apple affairs for removal due to pornographic innuendos of the app, and I suggest everyone express their opinions.

The new mobile apps work like the Web service and allows people to sign in with Facebook to pick a friend for a meeting for intercourse. Selections remain anonymous until two people pick each other. At that point, the parties receive e-mail notifications of their mutual desire.

On mobile, (free to download) “Down” users can select a new “Up for Hang” option to indicate that they might be open to a fully clothed gathering. This is where they tried to steer the dating side of the app in attempt to fight off the people accusing it of a solicitation app. I’m not falling for it. The other option to select is called “Down”. This alerts the parties they both are down to have sex with each other.

Like its sister app “Bang with friends” I say ban it! If you see your child with this on their device, take everything away from them! Dangerous in so many ways!

Blink

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Blink

Threat Level – Very High

Blink is an app created by Meh Labs that allows self destructing photos and text messages.

You knew it was coming, and recently released by Meh Labs, is the app Blink. With the popularity of photo sharing apps that delete pictures after you send them like snapchat, I-delete and Facebook Poke, comes the next line of self destructing apps

Blink is a social texting and social photo sharing app that connects you with others with a username and not a phone number. All accounts use data to send text messaging, so as usual with this style of text messaging remember it will not show up as a normal text under messaging.

Another feature of Blink is it will notify you if a screen shot is made of a photo you send that is taken before it deletes itself. Blink also allows for group messaging like some other popular messaging apps (Kik)

If you read the description it says app should be for 12 plus, then gives you the disclaimer that it could possibly contain mild tobacco, alcohol, and drug use references along with mature, sexual content and profanity or crude humor. Doesn’t sound appropriate for a 12 year old to me. This disclaimer is in my opinion, due to the use of these kind of apps popular for sexting.

I don’t know of a reason to delete photos and messaging that would have a legit purpose for your child. I want to know what my children are talking or texting about with others. Be sure to monitor this closely and ask why they feel the need to have a texting app that deletes its messaging.

Welcome to the world of kik + Snapchat!