Bark Now Monitors Skype: What Parents Need to Know
Bark now covers Skype, the popular video and voice chat platform. While we’re unable to monitor content shared during live calls, we can monitor the text and media shared through direct messages on connected Android and Amazon devices. By updating their Bark for Kids app, parents can make sure that their kids are better protected on the popular video-chatting platform. Here’s what parents need to know about monitoring Skype.
What Is Skype?
Skype is a telecommunications app that lets users video chat and voice call on a wide range of internet-connected devices — including computers, smartphones, tablets, XBox One consoles, and more. Complete with audio/video calling, call recording, messaging, and screen sharing, it’s easy to see why Skype is a go-to tool for people around the world.
The platform is most popular among adults who use it for both personal and professional communications. But as video chatting has become a staple of staying in touch online, kids have also started using Skype to keep up with friends and family.
Is Skype Safe for Kids?
While Skype is not known as a dangerous online platform, it has built-in features that people with bad intentions can exploit. From video calls to direct messaging, kids are at risk of experiencing abuse if they’re in touch with people they don’t know in real life. These people might expose them to sexually explicit content, subject them to cyberbullying, or try to initiate inappropriate relationships.
Bark is currently unable to monitor the contents of video chats on Skype. But text and media within direct messages can also pose risks to children when exploited by strangers, so we do monitor those activities on Android and Amazon devices. Monitoring with Bark can give families peace of mind knowing that their kids are better protected from potential issues, including cyberbullying, sexual content, depression, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more. Our technology detects these issues across texts, chat, email, YouTube, and 24+ social media platforms. Sign up today for a free, one-week trial!