Issue Type Trends
From January to March of 2021, Bark saw a 143% increase in alerts for self-harm and suicidal ideation among youth ages 12 – 18 as compared to the same time period in 2020.*
The average daily volume of children’s text messages that included sexual content is up approximately 37% from pre-pandemic levels, from 0.51% of all activities in July 2019 to 0.7% in May 2021.
*Bark reviewed issues detected in 1.1 billion activities analyzed between January – March 2020 and January – March 2021 and compared the likelihoods of a child receiving 1+ severe suicide/self-harm alert(s) between those timeframes.