Start with a real-life example
At this age, kids have probably started hearing about social media from their friends at school or from older siblings. To open a conversation about digital safety, ask them about slang terms like
finsta, or even popular viral challenges.
Reinforce that it’s your job to help keep them safe
Many kids get their first phone around this age, and telling them you won’t see everything can help them feel better about being monitored. But at the end of the day, they need to know that it’s your job to teach them how to live safely with technology. Bark is a tool that will help you do just that.
Help them understand that you do trust them
You trust your kid, but you don’t blindly trust everyone else — including friends of friends and strangers. Middle school can be tough, and cyberbullying can happen to anyone. Sometimes it’s hard to even realize that it’s happening. If your child still has concerns, you can schedule a call with us and they can ask any questions they may have.