You've invested in G Suite. You've invested in computers, Chromebooks, and iPads. You believe in using technology to drive the best educational outcomes for your students, and you carefully blocked adult content to keep everything PG.
But did you know the vast majority of schools do not monitor the actual content being generated, sent, and received by students on their school email and Google Drive accounts?
Why should schools monitor online content?
There's a surprisingly high degree of cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, sexual content, and threats of violence on school-owned accounts. (See the case study below for more info.) While you and your staff can manually monitor your students’ accounts -- every email, every Gchat conversation, and every Google Drive document, spot-checking is both labor-intensive and ineffective.
Bark can alert you to potentially harmful issues – and it’s free.
Bark for Schools is available for all K-12 schools in the United States at no cost. As a company, our revenue comes from our Bark for Parents product, and we offer Bark for Schools to schools for free (forever!) as a way to give back to our communities and to help keep our children safer.
Bark for Schools takes about 3 minutes to set up (school-wide or district-wide). There’s zero ongoing maintenance and free technical support.
Great! So how does Bark work?
Bark for Schools uses industry-leading, machine-learning algorithms to continually monitor your students’ Gmail messages, Gchat conversations, and Google Drive documents.
When problems are detected, Bark will notify the specific people who need to know – teachers, VPs, principals, etc. – via email and/or text message.
Seamlessly connect your School's Google Suite account to Bark. We pride ourselves on creating a simple solution to help protect children online.
Bark proactively monitors students’ accounts in the background for inappropriate or risky content.
Bark provides an easy-to-use dashboard with insight into potential issues and detailed information.
Being proactive could save a student’s life.
Through our monitoring and alerts, Bark has helped save dozens of lives. We’re bringing this technology to schools because we know early intervention can help educators and parents de-escalate issues of cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, and sexting.
Bark for Schools quietly works in the background to track conversations and content on Gmail, Google Drive, Google Chat, and more.
Bark looks for activity that may indicate cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, sexual content, and threats of violence on school-owned accounts, and more.
Get automatic alerts when Bark detects potentially harmful issues, along with evidence and expert recommen- dations from child psychologists on what to do next.
SAVE TIME, BUILD TRUST
Bark saves IT Directors and school personnel from manually digging through students’ accounts when there's a possible incident. Bark will alert you to specific issues proactively.
Results of our Fall 2017 Case Study
FALL SEMESTER 2017
25 SCHOOLS (40,848 STUDENTS)
Findings after analyzing Google accounts provided by the school to the students.
2 BOMB/SHOOTING THREATS
131,510 ISSUES DISCOVERED
(avg. 3.22 per student)
involved in cyberbullying on school-issued Google accounts
of children using school accounts to buy, sell, or discuss taking illicit drugs
expressed self-harm, cutting and/or suicidal thoughts
of nudity/explicit content
We protect student privacy and school data.
Security is one of our highest priorities. That’s why all data analyzed is stored within an encrypted database, including backups, and subsequently purged after analysis. All server infrastructure are in highly secure physical data centers, and utilizes a centralized bastion host, which is monitored to detect unwarranted access/activity. All web browser sessions use and require SSL encryption. And of course, no data is ever sold or given to any third party.
Testimonials & Press
"Cyberbullying is a problem that schools struggle to control or even identify within their culture. Bark provides a way for schools to collaborate with parents in a proactive way to combat this issue and provide a safer environment for learning."
WESTMORELAND INTERMEDIATE UNIT
"As a school principal, Bark gives me the peace of mind that we have the capability of monitoring our students’ online interactions and the convenience of staying informed to address concerns with individual students. It further strengthens our partnership with parents to truly come together to form the whole child for the real world and the harsh reality of the online world as well."
HOLY SPIRIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Borne out of necessity, Bark launched its product for parents three years ago with one goal in mind – keeping kids safe on their internet-connected devices. We’ve developed the smartest technologies to create Bark, and our award-winning monitoring tool is the most comprehensive on the market.
That same award-winning technology now powers Bark for Schools. Today, we serve over half a million families, helping parents and administrators mitigate the risks of cyberbullying, acts of violence, self-harm, and other concerns that children, tweens, and teens face.
Help protect your students at no cost to your school.
Bark for Schools takes less than five minutes to set up. Drop your email below, and we'll get you started and answer any questions you might have. You can also email us at email@example.com.