Bark’s Annual Report on Children and Technology

In 2019, Bark analyzed more than 873.8 million messages across texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms. These findings exclude school-based accounts.

Our data can give parents and guardians important insights into what it’s like to grow up on the internet today, allowing them to better protect their children while they use technology.

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In 2019, Bark analyzed more than 873.8 million messages across texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms. These findings exclude school-based accounts.

Our data can give parents and guardians important insights into what it’s like to grow up on the internet today, allowing them to better protect their children while they use technology.

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Cyberbullying

76.2% of tweens and 78.4% of teens experienced cyberbullying as a bully, victim, or witness.

Alerts for cyberbullying range from mean-spirited teasing to hateful threats and provocations.

Additional external cyberbullying statistics:

Mental Health

55.1% of tweens and 67.1% of teens engaged in conversations about depression.

Alerts for mental health range from mild pessimism to talking about or planning to attempt suicide.

More national data about mental health:
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Violence

86.8% of tweens and 89.6% of teens expressed or experienced violent subject matter/thoughts.

Alerts for violence range from texting a friend about a fight at school to direct threats against a child.

Relevant U.S. school shooting statistics:

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Drugs/Alcohol

75.5% of tweens and 84.6% of teens engaged in conversations surrounding drugs/alcohol.

Alerts for drugs and alcohol can range from texts about prescriptions to videos of a child consuming illegal substances.

General drug/alcohol facts affecting kids today:
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Self-Harm/Suicide

35.1% of tweens and 54.4% of teens were involved in a self-harm/suicidal situation.

Alerts for potential self-harm and suicide include anything from essays about cutting to an email draft of a suicide note.

National statistics surrounding self-harm/suicide:

Sexual Content

70.7% of tweens and 84.0% of teens encountered nudity or content of a sexual nature.

Alerts for sexual content can be anything from references in anatomy and biology homework to a child receiving nude photos.

Recent information regarding kids and sexual content:
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