Bark Parental Control Software Review
How Bark Works
- Monitors your child’s online activity on social media, instant messaging apps, text messages and email accounts
- Analyses images and videos as well as text
- Looks for potential issues like cyber bullying, sexting, or signs of depression
- Sends you a text/email alert if a potential issue is found along with recommendations on what to do
- Your child retains their privacy
- No need to waste time you don’t have looking at harmless personal stuff you don’t need to see
- Unlikely your child will want to override Bark because you’re not using it to spy on them, so it remains effective
- Helps you open the lines of communication with your child – you’ll know the right time to have discussions you need to have
- Supports huge range of social media and instant messaging platforms (inc Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, WhatsApp, Kik, Ask.fm, Reddit, Kizworld and many more)
- Quick and easy to install
- Your child’s data is secure
Bark doesn’t block content or stop things from happening. It’s more of a responsive app, so perhaps it’s more suitable for slightly older children, ie teens more than younger children and tweens. However in saying that, cyberbullying, self-harm, depression and online predator interactions can happen at a young age and are all still detected and can therefore be addressed, hopefully before they get out of hand. The best way to prevent problems blowing up online is to nip them in the bud, which Bark allows you to do.
It’s also advisable to know what your children are doing online from the start and let them know you’ll be there to support them no matter what. This will make it easier for you to continue to stay on top of their activities as they get older.
This app really more about encouraging resilience and opening up educational opportunities than preventing children from being exposed to inappropriate content. It works very well in conjunction with the Peaceful Digital Parenting Solution.
- $9/mth or $99/yr for unlimited children following free trial period