Project Stonefish: Drawing Child Predators Out From the Shadows

A stonefish blends into its habitat and injects venom into predators that come too close. Our team goes undercover in an online ecosystem to identify sexual predators and report them to law enforcement.

Our goal is to demonstrate to parents how predators operate in the digital age — and how to help protect their kids.

A stonefish blends into its habitat and injects venom into predators that come too close. Our team goes undercover in an online ecosystem to identify sexual predators and report them to law enforcement.

Our goal is to demonstrate to parents how predators operate in the digital age — and how to help protect their kids.

Social Media Dangers Exposed by Mom Posing as 11-Year-Old

WATCH NOW to see our undercover “child” come face-to-face with a predator who contacted her online. What happens over the course of our new mini-documentary happens to real children all the time. You need to see what kids in your community might be facing at this very moment so you can help stop it.

Posted by Bark on Thursday, February 20, 2020

Bark and the Special Projects Team

Bark was founded in 2015 by Brian Bason, a parent looking for ways to help keep his kids safe online. Our service monitors texts, email, and 30+ apps and social media platforms for activities that might indicate danger. Some of the most devastating issues we've encountered have been related to sexual predators. Since the beginning, we've worked closely with law enforcement in response to these instances of abuse. But we knew there was more work to be done.

Through the work of our Special Projects Team, Bark is able to give families real-life insight into where predators lurk, how they operate, and what parents and guardians can do to help protect their kids. It's our hope that our findings will empower families to better prepare their children for the challenges they may face online.

 

Resources

Learn more about how online predators operate as well as how to help keep your kids safe online and in real life.

To learn more about this project, check out our FAQs page. For press inquiries or to reach the team, contact stonefish@bark.us.

To learn more about this project, check out our FAQs page. For press inquiries or to reach the team, contact stonefish@bark.us.

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Get alerts for potential concerns

Even with open and ongoing conversations and strict parental controls, kids are still at risk whenever they’re online. One tactic families can use to help keep their kids safe is to monitor online activities for possible issues — not only online predators but also cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and more.

Bark monitors texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms and alerts families to potential concerns. Bark serves over 5 million children and is in 1,900 school districts throughout the U.S.

Even with open and ongoing conversations and strict parental controls, kids are still at risk whenever they’re online. One tactic families can use to help keep their kids safe is to monitor online activities for possible issues — not only online predators but also cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and more.

Bark monitors texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms and alerts families to potential concerns. Bark serves over 5 million children and is in 1,900 school districts throughout the U.S.