'Wink' App - What parent's need to know. Free online safety guide

Wink’s description on the App Store and Google Play does state that the networking app “is for friendships only”, although more worldly readers may consider that a rather feeble deterrent. The app launched in 2020, and there has already been at least one criminal trial resulting from an adult meeting up with a minor who they befriended through Wink.

The app requires users to be at least 13 – but with an absence of effective age verification, there is nothing to stop someone younger from simply entering a fake date of birth. Children occasionally connect with strangers online simply to increase their friend count, which is just one of potential risks highlighted in our #WakeUpWednesday guide to Wink.

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