The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, via its stopcyberbullying.org initiative, reports that children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, feelings of sadness and loneliness, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, health complaints and declining academic achievement. The bullies themselves and bystanders are not immune to these negative effects either, and are more at risk of increased use of alcohol and other drugs.
While bullying has been around for centuries, today's digital landscape make the taunts and threats unavoidable. There is no escape from social outlets and online platforms that allow bullies unfettered access and anonymity, but there is a way to help your children stay safe online.
Bark analyzes all of your children's online activities to help detect cyberbullying, taking into account context and an individual's digital history to determine true threats. We notify parents and children of both victims and bullies that use Bark, and provide action-based recommendations. Often the solution is simple: block the bully online. In some instances, it's serious enough to start documenting the abuse in case you need to take legal action.
Either way, children often think they have to face cyberbullying alone, but with Bark you can partner with your children in anti-cyberbullying, before it ever goes too far.