blinx4 apps offer an age-appropriate introduction for children into the world of social media giving them time to mature into wise digital residents.
Children reflect their active lives in many online communities – be it at school, at home or at one of their many clubs.
blinx4 apps help prepare children for their present & their future in a child-friendly way in protected online communities.
[Meta/Zuckerberg] knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won’t make the necessary changes because they put their astronomical profits before people.
blinx4 apps: age-appropriate social media you will be encouraging children to use
blinx4school, is a phone, tablet & web-based app specifically designed for schools to build protected online school communities.
blinx4school, school media, enables schools to strengthen their secure communities “inside the gates” by connecting through the sharing of photos, pdfs & video clips.
blinx4school, is available on a monthly subscription.
blinx4myclub, is a phone, tablet & web-based app specifically designed for clubs to build protected online communities for children.
blinx4myclub, club media, enables clubs to create a secure space online for youngsters to connect by sharing photos, pdfs and video clips. Building lasting friendships through an online club community.
blinx4myclub, is available on a monthly subscription.
Attend a club? Download the app today!!
Social media is indeed a triumph of the 21st century and has many benefits – including many positives for children. Young people can and do benefit in many ways from social media:
Its now widely accepted that there are real trade-offs associated with these benefits. A caring responsible society should be extra vigilant and prepare our children for a world of social media. In the same way as when they learn to ride a bike, we teach our children in stages as they progress through balance bikes & training wheels to a bike that suits their needs as they grow – we should open up the world of social media to them at an appropriate time and in an appropriate way. Although this time will be different for different children the tools, skills and maturity they need to navigate social media safely is not different and nor are the potential risks.
We know if you are not paying for something you are not the customer – but you (and your children) are the product. This “truth” leads to the inherent risks, specifically for our children, in traditional social media’s business models as outlined above. This was the catalyst that led to the development of the blinx4 software suite with the safeguarding of our children designed-in, not designed-out.
Traditional social media is designed specifically for adults. The following risks for children are designed-in, not designed-out:
There is an “old” adage in Silicon Valley, “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product…”
When it comes to our children’s safety & mental health, we prefer to use an “old”, tried and tested, transparent business model. One based on integrity, trust and a simple understood exchange.
To safeguard someone means to protect them from being harmed, lost, or badly treated.
A blinx™ is a photo, a video clip or a PDF.
A blinxbook™ is where the blinx™ are stored and viewed.
You will probably enjoy having more that one blinxbook.
The community, or the in-crowd for blinx4home, are the other people who have access to the blinxbook™ where the blinx™ are stored and viewed.
blinx partners are the owners of the blinx account for the school/club.
The blinx partner is likely to be the head of IT/IT Admin at the school.
The blinx partner is the person who runs the club communications.
There is no blinx partner role for this app as blinx4home is designed for individuals.
blinx champions are blinx heroes with the added capability of being able to create blinxbooks and create communities. For example, this might be for a class or a team in a school or a squad in a club.
These are likely to be the teachers at the school.
blinx champions are likely to be team coaches and perhaps team captains.
There is no blinx partner role for this app as blinx4home is designed for individuals.
blinx heroes are able to receive blinx, comment on blinx and given authority by the blinx champion they can also send blinx.
The school children are the blinx heroes.
The club members are blinx champions.
All users are blinx heroes. All blinx heroes have the ability to create blinxbooks and send blinx.
The monthly subscription is based on the number of classmates & teachers in the school.
blinx4school costs £0.50 per month per pupil attending the school and this is invoiced monthly directly to the school.
There is no individual subscription for blinx4school.
There is no individual subscription for blinx4school.
The monthly subscription is based on the number of blinx heroes & blinx champions in the club.
The cost is £0.50 per blinx hero per month and £0.50 per blinx champion per month and this is invoiced directly to the club.
The monthly subscription is £0.79 collected via your app store. For this you can be a blinx champion for any number of clubs.
The monthly subscription is £0.79 collected via your app store. For this you can be a blinx hero for any number of clubs.
blinx4home is a free app for all to use.
There is a one off joining fee of £395 per school.
There is a one off joining fee of £395 per club.
blinx4home is a free app for all to use.
I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children…
We, box&rox Ltd, are a concerned group of entrepreneurial parents coming together with some creative technologists to build protected online spaces for communities for younger children.
Safeguarding for children in these communities is at our core and so is designed-in, not designed-out.
“I’m a Dad. I’m a Dad who luckily gets to look after his daughters. Over a period of time I looked for a healthy & safe social media platform that I was comfortable for my children to use. I searched in vain. I decided to do something about this and so designed the blinx4 software suite with the safeguarding of children at its core.
Simply put, blinx4 apps are age-appropriate, no worries, social media apps designed for children.
Stay safe, be healthy and enjoy receiving your first blinx!
Marcus Keohane – Founder.
The fundamentals of blinx
The blinx4™ software suite of social media applications was designed with the safeguarding of children at its core.
Children should only be using age-appropriate social media. Traditional social media was and is continuing to be designed for adult users.
Children should be able to expect to have fun, share opinions, learn about themselves and the world in a dedicated and protected online environment. This should be a given no matter the community, be it at home, at school or at one of their clubs.
The blinx4 team (a project team of box&rox Ltd), is group of dads, mums, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters and grandmas & granddads and friends from all over the globe.
The blinx4 team contribute our different skills and passion to develop safe technology that supports the relationship between children and their friends, family, classmates, clubmates in a liberating and non-intrusive fashion.
One mum wanted to know what adventures her daughters had been on during the day. She wanted to know whether they had enjoyed the puddles and the rainbow that rainy afternoon. Two young girls, whose lives and thoughts moved very quickly, wanted to try and remember the escapades of the day to share with their mum even though she was at work. One decided to blink her eyes and make a ‘picture’ when she was ‘making a memory for mama’. The other one called this a blinx. Very soon, Mum looked forward to chatting with her daughters and sharing in their blinx that day.
I searched in vain for a platform that would help preserve and share these escapades. I was uncomfortable to allow my young children to use any of the social media solutions that existed at the time. Being someone who wants to model positive behaviour for my kids, I decided to do something about this. I have developed a way for our children to capture and share their spontaneity in a safe way with their family and community.
blinx4 designed and built blinx4home to give our children a chance to curate their own memories in a protected place, to organise our own proliferating collection of digital photos and to keep our in-crowd involved even when they can not always be there.
Responding to demand, we built on this secure foundation to provide protected online communities for children whether those communities are at home, at school or at after school clubs.
We really hope you enjoy using blinx4!
Safety, Security and Privacy
We pledge to offer you fun & engaging child-friendly social media with safeguarding & integrity at it’s core.
All data passing between your phone, tablet, laptop and/or desktop and our third party secure servers (located in the UK) are protected by the SSL. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.
All passwords are encrypted.
For blinx4home – no – there is no lasting digital footprint.
blinx4 believes in supporting groups of friends and families with technology and wants to alleviate any fears the concerned may have over lasting digital footprints of personal content. The blinx4home app acts like a post box (mail box). We store the blinx on our secure servers for a maximum of two days (or until all of the in-crowd has downloaded a blinx – which ever is sooner). Any blinx and associated information is then deleted from our servers – forever! The information is stored on your phone (and the phones of your in-crowds) for as long as you want.
You always have the option of using the “re-publish” function to send your blinx again if anyone in your in-crowd misses out the first time around..
blinx4myclub and blinx4school are our enterprise versions of the software suite and work slightly differently. They are designed for organisations to share information and are essentially web-based (although accessible via an app). As it is envisaged that there will be a need for classmates to access blinx4school from say the ICT suite the content has to be accessible from there and so is stored on secure cloud servers.
blinx4school is a protected, secure, dedicated school media app that enables schools to help children prepare safely for their digital present and future.
blinx4school is designed for schools with safeguarding at its core.
It is not designed as a “very social” media for adults with unfettered access to the online world and then shoe-horned perilously into an offer for school children.
Do you see benefit in KS1, KS2 & KS3 being educated to use social media safely?
Need to feel more confident to be able to introduce it into your safe & secure school bubble?
Then blinx4school is for your school.
Traditional social media brings benefits – yet there is no doubt now that it makes our children vulnerable. Children do not have the maturity and confidence to manage the risks they are exposed to when using social media. Predominantly these are the dangers of: grooming, excessive use, cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, pressure to be “socially perfect” & the erosion of self-esteem when feeling the need to chase “likes”.
blinx4school is the positive, protected and dedicated alternative for schools.
blinx4school is the age-appropriate sharing app for classmates and teachers alike:
✓ NOTHING is in the public domain – the app and your content is secure within your school bubble
✓ Only people sanctioned by the school can have access to your environment – effectively there is a virtual school gate
✓ There is no public digital footprint
✓ We do not engage in surveillance marketing
✓ There is no “like” feature or followers on blinx4school – it has been designed with children’s health in mind.
Pupils love it, teachers love it – simple, effective, and fun to use. Helps classrooms & classmates communicate by creating pictures, videos or documents adding captions & vemo and then sharing only within their secure community.
For newswire stories about sports teams, arts events, competitions to working collaboratively on projects and many other uses. blinx4school works as a closed community so protection from the outside cyber world is a given. This makes it safe for all ages and is a safe and secure preparation for pupils’ journey into the world of social media.
blinx4school gives them a great grounding in the safe use of social media before moving outside their immediate community – crucial learning for the next generation.
blinx4shcool is a protected & kind social media playground.
When using blinx4school the blinx partner (school IT director, admin) is in charge of the account.
The blinx partner will create blinx hero accounts for all the classmates using school email accounts.
The blinx partner can then assign the blinx hero into the community.
The blinx hero can see who else is also in the community – but will not be able to contact the other people privately using blinx4school.
For safeguarding reasons the blinx partner has access to all content. We advise that at least two people at the school have access to the blinx partner account at any school.
blinx4myclub is a protected, secure, dedicated club media app that helps clubs build enthusiasm, loyalty and community by allowing them to engage safely online with their younger club members.
You have the valuable role (invaluable from a parents perspective!) of running a club for younger children and pre-teens.
Are you worried about using social media for club communications for these youngsters? Juggling many communication channels? Need to feel more confident to fully introduce social media into your safe & secure club bubble?
Traditional social media brings many benefits yet there is no doubt now that it makes our children vulnerable.
Children do not have the maturity and confidence to manage the risks they are exposed to when using social media. Predominantly these are the dangers of: grooming, excessive use, cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, pressure to be “socially perfect” & the erosion of self-esteem when feeling the need to chase “likes”.
blinx4myclub is the positive alternative!
blinx4myclub is the age-appropriate sharing app for clubmates and coaches alike:
✓ Nothing is in the public domain – the app and your content is secure within your club
✓ You are in control and your young club members are safeguarded – only people you invite can read and post content
✓ The secure handshake – your young club members can only be contacted by you on blinx4myclub they have selected your club as one of their trusted clubs
✓ We do not engage in surveillance marketing, there are no algorithms
running in the background profiling users
✓ There is no “like” feature on blinx4myclub– it has been designed
with children’s self-esteem and mental health at the core.
Coaches & clubmates love it alike. Simple, effective, and fun to use. Coaches build up a history over time – this app captures your club members’ journeys and is a wonderful way to build a memory bank for parents and importantly is a great coaching tool.
blinx4myclub – newswire stories about sports teams, to posting training times, to working collaboratively on athlete development. blinx4myclub works as a closed community with its unique “handshake” – safeguarding is designed-in.
This all makes blinx4myclub safe for all ages and a versatile and more powerful alternative to traditional social media for all your more functional and even your more creative club communications.
When using blinx4myclub the blinx partner (the netball club, football club etc) is in charge of the account.
There is a security “handshake” between the individual (blinx hero) and the club (blinx partner). The blinx hero has to identify the club as a “trusted” club and the blinx partner must have the blinx hero’s email address.
The blinx partner can then invite a blinx hero into the community – even then the blinx hero has the opportunity not to join.
A blinx hero can see who else is also in the community – although critically in the interests of safeguarding will not be able to contact the other blinx heroes privately using blinx4myclub as all blinx are also shared with the blinx partner.
For safeguarding reasons the blinx partner has access to all content. We advise that at least two people at the club have access to the blinx partner account at any club.
blinx4home is a protected, secure, dedicated “invite only” app that helps families capture & organise memories.
You can take pictures, add captions & vemo and then share them with only your in-crowd.
Are you concerned about your young children using existing social media? Do you wish the memories that are captured on your phone were better organised? Do you wish that you could more easily share these memories with those, and only those, who are close to you – your immediate friends and family?
blinx4home is designed to be used by young and old alike. It is a safe app for children to use – designed specifically with children in mind. From the busy working mum, to the distant grandparent – blinx4home is for anyone you want to be a part of your and family’s adventure.
blinx4home is simply for sharing among your group of close friends – your in-crowd.
Keeping it family!
Capture and share your family’s and friends’ memories in a safe place – be there when you are not.
Does your busy life mean that, as much as you’d like to, you can’t always keep in-touch with the fast moving life or your child? Your young child spends their time in many different places – home, school, clubs, grandparents, aunties and uncles and their experience and thoughts & views develop daily… Are you uncomfortable with your children using existing social media? Stay connected with your children’s spontaneity even while you’re at work. Give your children a voice – keeping it family!
Or simply use blinx4home to share the fun with your close friends and family.
Your in-crowds are exactly that – your in-crowds. It only contains people you invite. Only invite people you know. Only invite those who you are comfortable to have in your in-crowd. You can only invite people who are already in your contact list – so you will know them. You can remove people from your in-crowd at anytime and add them back again if you wish.
You set up the in-crowd for each of your blinxbooks. You can have different blinxbooks and consequently in-crowds for different circles of friends or occasions. You can change any in-crowd by adding or deleting names whenever you wish. You are in control.