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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 ...

Ask Titania: 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 ...

Ask Titania: 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! ...

Ask Titania: 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. ...

Ask Titania: 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 ...

Ask Titania: 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

If you’ve heard about sextortion, you know that it’s a potentially devastating crime that can ...

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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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Celebrating a Year with the Bark Phone

It’s been a year since we launched the Bark Phone, and we’ve had quite a ...

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Best Gifts for Teens That Don’t Have a Screen: 2023 Non-tech Gift Guide

If you ask your teen what they want for their birthday or the holiday season, ...

Ask Titania: How Do I Walk Back My Kid’s Tech Use?

Dear Titania, I recently decided to give my 11-year-old son an iPhone. It’s his first ...

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VR Headsets: The Pros and Cons That Parents Need to Know

VR (virtual reality) headsets are a relatively new mode of gaming, which can be equally ...

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Announcing the Bark Phone Starter Plan

At Bark, we’re hypervigilant about hearing what real parents need for their children’s digital safety. ...

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Finding a Safer Phone for Kids: Our Top 5 Tips for Parents  

A common struggle among parents today is finding a safer phone for kids. In recent ...

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The Dark Side of Screen Time

By now, we all know about the studied effects of too much screen time — for ...

Ask Titania: How Do I Make Roblox Safer for My Kid?

Dear Titania, My daughter loves Roblox, but I read this week about how it’s actually ...

The Bark Phone Named One of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2023

This week, the Bark team was thrilled — and simultaneously humbled and honored — to learn that ...

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Here’s Why Parents Need to Know How to Monitor Snapchat

**This blog post was updated on January 12, 2024.** Snapchat this week announced that it ...

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Best Gifts for Teens: Bark’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays just around the corner, parents are already racking their brains for what ...

Talking To Your Child About Money Transfer Apps

Let’s face it — our lives are becoming more and more digital every single day. ...

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7 Surprising Things Parents Don’t Know About Cyberbullying

The term cyberbullying gets thrown around a lot these days — so much so that parents ...

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How to Help Protect Your Child From Violent & Disturbing Online Content

Like many families across the world, our team has been shocked, saddened, and scared by ...

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Our Top Picks for Educational YouTube Channels

You can probably think back to your childhood and recall your favorite actors/actresses, movie stars, ...

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Recognizing the Signs of Anxiety in Kids

Kids have always had common childhood worries — big tests, the first day of school, whether ...

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How Parents Can Positively Use the Power of Tech

As a parent trying to navigate the dangers and pitfalls of the tech world, you ...

Ask Titania: Help! I Feel Like I Failed My Child

Dear Titania, I feel horrible right now. I recently found out that my 13-year-old kid ...

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10 Tips for Healthy Video Game Habits

Did you know that more than 90% of American kids play video games? It’s easily ...

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Getting Your Teen Interested in Volunteering: Our Best Tips for Parents

When life gets extra busy with school, work, and after-school activities, it’s easy to forget ...

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The Impact of Screen Time on Learning

If you’re a parent, odds are you’ve seen and heard hundreds of arguments pointing to ...

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5 Signs an Online Predator Could Be Grooming Your Kid

Stranger danger used to mean talking to your child about creepy people in vans or ...

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iOS 17: What Parents Need to Know

It’s another September, which means it’s time for another iOS update for all the Apple ...

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Introverts and Extroverts: Tips for Helping Support Your Kid

Every child is unique, and as parents, it’s essential to adapt our parenting styles to ...

Ask Titania: What Do I need to know about child privacy?

Ask Titania: What Do I Need to Know About Child Privacy?

Dear Titania, Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of pushback online about posting photos of ...

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Location Tracking Devices for Kids: What’s the Hype?

Location tracking is one of the many technological advances that’s become a common part of ...

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5 Things Parents Need to Know During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and for four weeks, organizations, companies, and families around ...

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How To Help Your Child With Self-Confidence

With the onset of social media, it’s become an increasingly difficult job to develop our ...

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Back to School: The Highs and Lows for Families

As we approach September, back-to-school season is in full swing all across the country. Whether ...

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How a Family Contract Can Be Beneficial

Contracts play an important role in the professional world. These pieces of paper set expectations, ...

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