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 10 Takeaways for Parents from the Surgeon General’s Recent Op-Ed

I’m writing today because Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general and our nation’s top doctor, ...

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5 Reasons to Have a Daily Schedule for Kids

Most parents know that having a consistent daily schedule is a goal worth having — ...

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How to Model Healthy Screen Time Habits for Your Kids

For much of human history, raising kids meant teaching important life skills like reading, cooking, ...

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CapCut Alternatives: The 5 Best Video Editing Apps for Kids

Nowadays, it’s a common hobby among Gen Z (and now Gen Alpha) to dabble in ...

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Is Your Child Ready for Their First Sleepover?

Do you remember your sleepovers as a kid? Perhaps you remember movie watching, telling ghost ...

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The Best Location Sharing App? It’s Actually Bark

You may already know about Bark’s powerful content monitoring or web filtering features, but did ...

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What Parents Need to Know About Laced Drugs & Social Media

Drug dealers today don’t just peddle marijuana and cocaine — there’s an incredibly surging market ...

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The Bark Phone vs iPhone: Here’s The Breakdown

When it comes to giving your kid a phone, many families — especially the hardcore and ...

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Top 5 AI Platforms Kids Are Using

Whether you realize it or not, AI — artificial intelligence — influences almost every part ...

How Do I Navigate School Activities that Use Social Media?

Dear Titania, My 13-year-old is active in baseball and soccer at his school, but keeping ...

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What Is Telegram? Here’s What Parents Need to Know

Here at Bark, we see tons of popular apps, so we know all the red ...

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Should Kids Have Cell Phones at Summer Camp?

If you’re considering sending your kids to summer camp, you’ve probably found yourself asking the ...

5 Things Parents Should Know During Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and now is a good time for families to strike ...

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Cranky Kids? Learn How Much Screen Time Is Too Much

Parents, do these next few phrases sound familiar?  “Just five more minutes — let me ...

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Our Top Picks for Reading Apps for Kids

It's pretty amazing when technology and education come together to give kids an interactive boost ...

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What to Do If Your Child Is the Victim of a Sextortion Scam

If you're familiar with sextortion, you're probably aware of the emotional and psychological impact it ...

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A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat

Snapchat has been a long-time favorite for Gen Z (and now Gen Alpha!) and as ...

Where Do I Even Start With Digital Parenting?

Dear Titania, My kids are 9 and 5, and so far, we’ve not had to ...

Upgrade Your Next Family Movie Night with 7 Fun Ideas

Gone are the days of loading up the whole family in the minivan on Friday ...

The 5 Best Family Calendar Apps to Keep You on Track

Are you feeling like a stressed-out project manager keeping track of your daughter’s piano and ...

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Best Educational Apps for SAT and ACT Prep

If you have an older high schooler, you’re probably swimming in information about SATs, ACTs, ...

What Parents Need to Know About Popular Netflix Shows for Teens

Netflix is still one of the most popular streaming platforms, and kids and teens especially ...

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Disappearing Messages: 5 Apps That Parents Need to Know About

One of the most concerning and troublesome features to come out of the social media ...

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Here’s the Best Parental Control App for iPhone Devices

In 2023, it was reported that about 87% of teenagers in America have iPhones. No ...

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How to Recognize the Signs of Digital Addictions in Kids

One of the most common questions we hear about from parents in our Facebook group ...

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Our Top Screen Time Tips for a Breezy Spring Break

It’s spring break season and many kids feel the drag of school and are counting ...

Is Snapchat Really That Bad?

Dear Titania, My son is 13, and we’re starting to explore social media (very, very ...

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Here’s the Best Android Parental Control App for Parents

Many parents have realized that making an Android phone — or any smartphone — safer for ...

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8 Parenting Lessons from Our Favorite ’90s Teen Movies

Ask any Gen Xer or elder Millenial and you’ll learn that the 1990s truly were ...

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Recognizing the Signs of Disordered Eating in Teens

In today’s age of airbrushed influencers and celebrities with perfect bodies crafted by personal trainers, ...

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5 Must-Have Health Apps for Teens 

Most teenagers have a lot on their plate — never-ending school assignments, extracurriculars, part-time jobs, ...

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Burner Phones 101: What Parents Should Know

If you’ve ever watched a movie featuring a character that throws away a cheap cell ...

Is There a Way to Slowly Work Up to Social Media?

Dear Titania, My 14-year-old doesn’t have any social media (we want to wait as long ...

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Bark’s Unique Approach to Your Child’s Privacy

It’s a simple fact of nature: Kids will eventually want more privacy as they get ...

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How to Talk About Deepfakes with Your Child

Deepfakes — or computer-generated videos of humans with real or partly real features — are a growing ...

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Five Things Parents Need to Know About Group Chats

We can all probably agree that group chats are one of the most convenient parts ...

Am I a Horrible Parent for Relying on Screens Sometimes?

Dear Titania, The other evening, my husband and I were just absolutely exhausted after grueling ...

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Exploring the Rise of Skin Care Routines for Tweens

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, our choices for skin care products were pretty limited — stinging ...

8 Eye-Opening Stats from Bark’s 2023 Annual Report

Every year, we analyze how often kids encounter or engage in concerning conversations. Last year, ...

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5 Things Families Need to Know About Switching from iPhone to Android

In a world dominated by smartphones, the choice between iPhone and Android has become a ...

What are the Safest Gaming Consoles for Kids?

Video games are an undeniably entertaining pastime, not just for kids but for all ages! It’s ...

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The Best Drawing Tablets and Apps for Teens

One of the best things about technology is the art we can make with it! ...

Why Exactly Are iPhones So Unsafe for Kids?

Dear Titania, We’re an Apple family through and through, but I’ve been hearing about how ...

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5 Common Myths Parents May Believe About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, sex trafficking, child trafficking — these are all terms that can refer to the ...

The Pros and Cons of Social Media for Kids

If there’s one question every parent has to answer, it’s this: Are you going to ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Podcasts for Kids: Our Top Picks For All Ages

With all the different forms of entertainment available to kids nowadays, podcasts can easily get ...

Bark’s 2023 End-of-Year Review

2023 was a wild ride here at Bark, and as we close out the year, ...

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Setting Technology Boundaries in the New Year

In today's digital world, weaving technology seamlessly into our family fabric is both an art ...

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What Parents Need to Know About Incognito Mode

Chances are you’ve heard of incognito or private browsing, and possibly even used it yourself. ...

How Do I Know If My Kid Is Ready for Social Media?

Dear Titania, My son is turning 12 soon, and I was wondering when most parents ...

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5 Teen Slang Words to Look Out For in 2024

The language experts over at Oxford recently declared “rizz” their word of the year for ...

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What Sets Bark Apart From the Rest 

If you’re a parent in the digital age, you’re probably aware of different parental control ...

Dangers of Sharing Location: Why Gen Z is Sharing Their Location With Each Other

There’s a new trend among Gen Z that is throwing parents for a loop — ...

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Social Media & Disordered Eating: What Parents Need to Know

In today's digital age, where social media influences every facet of our lives, the impact ...

Help! My Child Is Being Bullied for Not Having an iPhone

Dear Titania, I finally got my daughter her first phone, and it’s an Android with ...

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State-by-State Sextortion Laws

**This blog post was updated on April 8, 2024.** If you’ve heard about sextortion, you ...

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Understanding Parental Controls: What Parents Need to Know About Web Filtering

Being a parent usually means you have to wear tons of different hats — parent, ...

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Must-Read Books That Teens Will Actually Enjoy

No matter how inundated we are with social media, video games, and TV shows, nothing ...

Everything You Need to Know About Bark’s Content Monitoring

The term “monitoring” gets thrown around a lot these days when it comes to online ...

5 Things Every Parent Needs to Hear About Porn

Odds are, your parents probably didn’t have the porn talk with you when you were ...

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