See What Parents Are Saying About Bark
In this video, a Bark Mom shares how our service has sparked important conversations about difficult topics with her two boys, helping to keep her family safe online and in real life.
“At this point, I like the fact my son is allowed to have privacy. I don’t want to be a helicopter parent, but the internet is uncharted territory for this generation of parents. I want to give him space to grow, but also know if there is an issue. So far, the alerts I have received have spurred some really great conversations on topics like cyberbullying and depression in teens. He’s fine, but some of his peers are struggling. This helps me guide him in making good choices.”
— Shane B.
“I can’t say for sure that Bark is the reason this little girl is still with us, but I’m so grateful for this service.”
“Bark has been amazing. My daughter has a friend who is being bullied badly in school. This friend was told to kill herself, but she confided in my daughter via text, also pleading that my daughter
“I’ve found that I see glimpses of awesomeness in my kid [through Bark].”
“I’ve found that I see glimpses of awesomeness in my kid [through Bark]. A friend was texting how sad she was about something, which got flagged by Bark. I got to see my daughter listen and validate her friend’s feelings, and I was so secretly proud of how supportive she was.”
— Jennifer M.
“My favorite thing about Bark is it works! Have had three alerts and though all were nothing to be concerned about was thankful Bark notified me and I [could] address them with my daughter. I love that it doesn’t require me to read every last text and still monitors things. From my daughter: She is thankful that I don’t have to be (though I am and she knows it) logged in simultaneously to her social media accounts.”
— Bark Mom
“I cannot fully express my gratitude to you for existing and coming into our lives in the nick of time.”
“Recently you saved one of my kids. I regularly check into things, make sure everything is okay, but don’t have an algorithm in my brain that can see all they’re doing, everywhere they are online. I trust my kids, but I don’t always trust other people they may come in contact with, sometimes even those who they think are their friends. Every website that kids are using these days has their private convos and pics already being stored, and ‘owned.’
— Kelly S.
“Bark saves me time and takes the effort out of monitoring my
— Bark Parent
“I love how I can feel like my daughter is safe without having to look through her phone and invade her privacy.”
I love how I can feel like my daughter is safe without having to look through her phone and invade her privacy. She is becoming a teenager now, and I would like to give her more independence, and this app allows that.”
— Bark Mom
“My favorite thing is peace of mind. Instead of worrying about my kids’ social media accounts, I know [I have an] ally in raising my boys. Thanks for helping me protect them!”
— Christy L.
“Bark has been a good tool for our family and has allowed us to have good conversations with our teenagers as they try to figure out who they are.”
“Some of the things I love about Bark is that it does help keep our boys accountable, and it’s actually given us a deeper glimpse into who they are becoming. We’ve seen parts of conversations that have shown them to be supportive friends and boyfriends. It’s allowed us to help them navigate the difficult waters of dating in this day and age. Bark has been a good tool for our family and has allowed us to have good conversations with our teenagers as they try to figure out who they are. Thank you!”
— Kim N.
“We installed this today on our daughter’s phone and were immediately glad we did. It notified us of sexual content and even cyberbullying. THANK YOU!! I feel a bit better about my daughter’s safety knowing her actions online are completely monitored. We talk to her regularly about the dangers of online activity but this is another, BIG, level of comfort for me.”
— Kim B.
“This is a wonderful app that has done so much for us now that our son is in high school.”
“This is a wonderful app that has done so much for our us now that our son is in high school. You don’t know what you don’t know!
— Erin S.
“I love that I am alerted to suspected cyberbullying, even if my son and his friends are just “messing around” with each other. Knowing that it’s happening has opened up the opportunity for good conversations about friendship. I love Bark.”
— Natalie B.
“[Bark] has been very helpful in giving us insight into what he is going through and helping us be able to coach him and keep him safe.”
“I am grateful to have Bark. Our son is adopted and has a lot of behavioral issues. He just came out of residential and has a cell phone for the first time. I knew he was going to have a hard time managing this and it scared me to death on how I could adequately monitor. Bark has been an amazing tool for us as it allows him some privacy but alerts me to all the issues. It has been very helpful in giving us insight into what he is going through and helping us be able to coach him and keep him safe. Thank you for helping us.”
— Bark Mom
“I am able to keep tabs on my teens without completely invading their space. Bark also provides suggestions on how to handle certain situations which is awesome. Oh, and they can also pick up on the new acronyms these kids use these days for profanity.”
— Bark Dad
“Love getting alerts without having to go through my teen’s phone constantly.”
— Bark Parent
“I love the peace of mind this app provides. When alerted it gives a good amount of texts that came before and after the inappropriate language which allows for context.” — Brandie L.
“Thank you so much!! I knew my daughter was having issues before I downloaded Bark, but your app has helped me uncover uncharacteristically impulsive behavior that was linked to her medication. I am so grateful for your app!”
— Bark Mom
“I love knowing my kids are being monitored on social media that way I don’t have to look at their phone constantly. It alerts me to anything inappropriate and gives me peace of mind knowing they are being monitored for bullying, sexual content and risky contacts! I’m so thankful for the alerts I’ve received!”
— Christy Thomas
“…talk about a fine tooth comb…”
“Simply the perfect App to give you peace of mind that nothing unsavory is happening in your child’s online interactions. Got a “Bark” yesterday that some guy used the F word commenting ON my daughters Youtube comment… talk about a fine tooth comb. “
— Angela M.
“I just wanted to tell you that your software has saved a life. My 12 year old son was contacted from a girl from school who reached out to him via text and shared shared she had slit her wrist and was going to do it again. Bark caught the message content and sent us a report. We immediately had a sit down discussion with our son to see if the girl was really hurting and telling him the truth. We then reached out to our sons teachers and principal on a Sunday morning. They all responded and the principal was able to contact the her parents and warn them of her status. The Bark software filter saved a life!” –
— Adam H.
“The Bark software filter saved a life!”
“It’s exhausting reviewing my 4 teenagers poor choices every week but Bark helps me do it faster & more effectively!”
The parenting struggle is very real!!! One of the things people don’t realize, including my children, is that Bark shows me the messages my children’s friends send them. The messages you contacted me about were actually from my daughter’s friend. I notified her caregiver immediately & we were able to help the other child & quite possibly save her from killing herself!!!
I am so grateful for this app.
“This is by far the best tool I’ve seen for teaching online responsibility.”
“As a veteran teacher of middle and high school and a parent of a high school boy, I highly recommend this app! Unlike other tools that block concerning content, Bark sends the parent an alert to check on the concern. When my child had less activity than normal, it sent an alert that the app may have been removed. When it sent me an alert to potential cyberbullying and depression, they followed up with an email that included additional resources. This is an accountability tool, allowing you as the parent to have discussions regarding responsible on line behavior. I promise you, no matter how good a parent you are, and how strong your relationship is, your child does NOT tell you everything. Some things, they are not even aware of the issue. I was able to talk to my son about word choice and tone in texts based on a cyberbullying alert I received about one of his texts. This is by far the best tool I’ve seen for teaching online responsibility that wil build good habits preparing the child for adulthood.”
— Bark Parent
“It has allowed us to catch so many “red flags” in the content my kids have accessed on their devices and in their interactions with friends and other people online that I wouldn’t have ever know about otherwise.”
“This app is a lifesaver! It has allowed us to catch so many “red flags” in the content my kids have accessed on their devices and in their interactions with friends and other people online that I wouldn’t have ever know about otherwise. The big difference between Bark and other “Parental Control” software is that Bark allows your kids to have so much more privacy. It doesn’t show you everything they do, but sends and instant alert regarding any activity that might be concerning. The software only takes a few minutes to set up and if you have any issues, their customer service team is fabulous. Highly recommended!”
“Thanks to Bark for letting us peek into our child’s mind!”
“Since Bark alerted us to the suicidal language used in the Google doc that was being used a a chat document with a friend, we have seen both a pediatrician and a licensed counselor. We are hopeful for a positive outcome. Thanks to Bark for letting us peek into our child’s mind!”
— Bark Parent
“Bark is the best money I have spent in a long time. My 15 year old agrees! It allows her liberation with some healthy boundaries.”
— Rose C.
“My favourite thing about Bark, it’s helping me keep my daughter alive. Literally. I’m very very thankful for this app.” — Bark Parent
“We love Bark. I’ve mentioned this before, but it caught a text TO my daughter from a friend who wanted to commit suicide. It opened a door to allow me to talk to my daughter about the situation. She understood that I didn’t read through all her texts-I just got a screenshot of that confession and her reply. I contacted the school counselor and it was handled. That girl may or may not have been serious, but with all the teen suicides these days, it’s better to be safe than sorry. And all it took was an alert on my phone. Bark did all the work for me. Thanks Bark!”
— Bark Mom
“It’s nice to have something keeping a watchful eye on our kids since we don’t have the time to constantly monitor their online activity.“
“We’ve been very pleased with the Bark app. We’ve been able to intervene and nip some behaviors in the bud before our teen(s) went overboard with a few different things. It’s nice to have something keeping a watchful eye on our kids since we don’t have the time to constantly monitor their online activity. I’d highly recommend using Bark to anyone.”
— Bark Parent
“This app allows me to see what I need to see without having to puruse my daughter’s phone for hours each week. It allows her some independence while giving me the peace of mind that I’m keeping her safe. Also, it allows me to have conversations proactively about certain subjects esp involving boys and bullies. After having taken her phone away because of an inability to restrict access, Bark has allowed me to let her have a phone once again, and she loves that!”
— Alicia W.
“I have recommended the service to several parents that are struggling to know how their children are using their mobile devices, thank you.“
“The best thing about bark so far is that it has helped my wife and I have good conversations with our daughter about her use of social media, texting and other resources available to her on her phone. She explicitly said that she likes knowing that we get alerts about things that may not be so good because she doesn’t know how to handle some things. I have recommended the service to several parents that are struggling to know how their children are using their mobile devices, thank you.”
— Ryan R.
“Thank you! I can’t explain how grateful I am to Bark for the self harm/suicidal notification. My son googled the suicide prevention hotline number to give to a friend that was struggling. Because of Bark it opened up a line of communication with him and we were able to talk trough it and I could provide him the tools to reach out and help his friend.” — Bark Mom
“The best thing about Bark is the relative peace of mind I have now. I don’t have to wade through dozens of juvenile emails, texts, emojis and posts to try to keep my 15 year-old safe. Bark does it for me. Right now I have it set on the most restrictive settings, so I get a chance to see the questionable item and make a determination myself. I could easily see me changing the settings so I find fewer flagged items once I build more confidence in bark’s algorithm and ability to flag questionable items. Thanks for a reasonably priced excellent program.”
— Pat W.