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Providing the Tools That Schools Need — For Free

Bark for Schools provides a world-class online safety solution for K-12 schools in the U.S. Our comprehensive solution comprises G Suite and Office 365 student account monitoring, Chrome/Chromebook monitoring, and a web content filter that categorizes and blocks harmful and inappropriate domains. Combined with Parent Portal, school communities now have all of the tools they need to help keep their students safe online.

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Account Monitoring

Bark for Schools monitors G Suite and Office 365 accounts and alerts your administration to digital dangers. With world-class support available 7 days a week, you can combine account monitoring and web filtering for a robust safety solution that will remain free forever.

  • Gmail: Subject, Body, Attachments (Images and Videos)
  • Gmail Chat: Text
  • G Drive: Photos, Videos, PDFs, Office documents (.doc, .docx, etc.), Plain text files
  • Google Docs: Content, Embedded Images, Comments, and Replies
  • Outlook: Subject, Body, Attachments (Images and Videos)
  • OneDrive: Photos, Videos, PDFs, Office documents (.doc, .docx, etc.), Plain text files
  • OneNote: Notes and Notebooks
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Web Filtering

Web filtering with Bark for Schools helps keep your students on track. Free and available to all of our partners, these features block games, pornography, streaming services, and other content that may undermine a positive learning environment. Schools can manage their filtering in a way that works for them.

  • Broad Coverage: Bark for Schools uses DNS filtering as well as Google Chrome extensions to ensure filtering regardless of device.
  • Insightful Reports: Generate reports for your school or district to identify problem areas within your specific network, and learn from student-level information as well.
  • Customization: Adjust filtering to match your values by white- or black-listing websites in your classrooms on an as-needed basis. You can also filter content served to your IP address by category.
  • User-Friendly: Your web filter interfaces seamlessly with the rest of your Bark for Schools service.
  • No Hardware Necessary: Instead of paying for unnecessary devices and maintenance, invest your savings back into your school.
  • Robust Database: Our comprehensive database of risky content is constantly updated so your administration can focus on its mission.
  • White-Glove Support: Our responsive support team is ready to help you through every step of the experience — also at no cost.
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Partner with Parents

Schools can enlist the support of parents and guardians to monitor their children’s accounts after school hours, during weekends, and over holidays. These are times when students still use their school-issued accounts, but your administration may not be available to respond to urgent alerts. Parent Portal is also completely free.

  • Peace of Mind: When parents and schools partner together to help keep their children safe, urgent issues are much less likely to fall through the cracks.
  • Knowledge Is Power: A community that uncovers activities that might signify a broader problem is empowered to take meaningful action to improve the well-being of the entire student body.
  • A Bridge to Bark: G Suite and Office 365 are just two of many platforms children can access. Schools that have parents monitoring personal accounts with Bark for Families report feeling better positioned to get ahead of issues before they escalate.
  • Actionable Insights: Use data to uncover trends that may signify a broader problem among the student body and take meaningful steps to improve the well-being of every student.
  • Digital Citizenship: Communities can promote positive interactions with digital technologies so that students can take advantage of the best of the online world.
  • The Risks of Social Platforms: Schools tell us that cyberbullying and its associated effects are the primary reason for monitoring with Bark. Online interactions can quickly escalate, often ending with serious consequences.
  • Prevention, Mitigation, Recovery
    • Bark for Schools helps parents and schools better understand their student body. This information is essential to preventing harmful situations, as a simple conversation is often enough to make an impact.
    • During a potential crisis, rumors and misinformation can cause a “crisis contagion.” Monitoring with Bark can help communities set the record straight.
    • Communities are better equipped to manage the lasting effects of trauma in the aftermath of a tragedy. Key signifiers to recovery can be found in the online interactions of students, informing the direction of support and care.

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Keeping students safer the smart way

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Bark for Schools Is a Tool for the Whole Community

Keeping up with student activities takes lots of time and energy. Bark for Schools will do the heavy lifting for busy administrations.

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Turns Savings Into Value

With the money that would have gone to Bark, we’re able to bring in real-world people to communicate with the kids and talk to them about their experiences ... Money invested in bringing these people in was actually starting conversations, enabling teachers to connect with students when they may not have had that opportunity before because it just never came up.

Dean Mantz

Network Coordinator — Sterling USD

Smart and Agile

What makes your company invaluable is that you continue to grow and adapt to the real world, especially in the K-12 space, to make sure that your product is on the leading edge ... It’s good to see a company that continues to care, and also grows the product to accommodate the students to keep them as safe as possible at all times.

Dan Lauletta

IT Director — Plum Borough School District

The Real Deal

Bark for Schools is the real deal. We didn’t have any sort of content scanning before getting Bark. Within a few days, Bark found multiple issues that would have gone unnoticed if we hadn’t been scanning Gmail and Hangouts. When an issue arose that could have been life-threatening for one of our students, a Bark team member called our school to help us take correct action.

Thad Schulz

Technology Coordinator — Sebeka Public School

Provides Free Insight

I’m a fan of anything that provides better insight into what’s going on with students, and the fact that Bark can do that for free is even better.

Aimee Bates

Technology Integration Specialist — Cullman City School District

Today’s students face greater dangers than those that came before them. External threats like cyberbullying and school shootings have them on edge, and threats like self-harm and suicidal ideation confront them from within. Bark and Safe and Sound Schools are teaming up to combat this problem, knowing we can make a huge impact.

Founded by Michele Gay and Alissa Parker after both of them lost a child in the devastating Sandy Hook shooting, Safe and Sound Schools provides research-based tools and resources for crisis prevention, response, and recovery to help protect every school and every student, every day.

Smart and Secure School Safety

Bark for Schools is committed to ensuring data security and preserving the privacy of students and schools. In addition to the white papers below, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Advanced Technology

Cutting-edge A.I. and machine-learning techniques

Keeps up with the evolution of teen slang

Admins can adjust sensitivity of detection algorithms to match school’s priorities

AI, Data and Technology

Human Review

Alerts reviewed by Data Annotation team around the clock

School and parents notified of urgent issues

Expert advice on how to handle the situation included

Administrator’s Guide

Legal Compliance

Schools own all data and control the level of monitoring

No data given to any third party without consent

Data purged within 30 days of analysis

State & Federal Compliance

Results from our Spring 2018 Case Study

1,762,740 STUDENTS

5 Bomb/Shooting Threats

1,494,438 Issues Discovered

(avg. 0.85 per student)

135,984 Students

involved in cyberbullying on school-issued Google accounts

309,299 Instances

of children using school accounts to buy, sell, or discuss taking illicit drugs

11,548 Children

expressed self-harm, cutting and/or suicidal thoughts

199,236 Instances

of nudity/explicit content

Findings after analyzing Google accounts provided by the school to the students.

About Bark

Bark is an award-winning service that monitors text messages, emails, YouTube, and more than 24 different social platforms for potential safety concerns. Created in collaboration with child psychologists, youth advisors, digital media experts, and law enforcement professionals, Bark delivers a research-backed solution for safeguarding children as technology changes how and where we communicate.

Launched in 2015, Bark looks for potentially harmful activities that may indicate online predators, adult content, sexting, cyberbullying, drug use, depression, suicidal ideation, and more. We created Bark to serve as an essential tool for parents raising kids in the digital age.

Visit our homepage to learn more about our Bark for Families product.