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Seal of Approval Winner
Spring 2017
Seal of Approval Winner Spring 2017

 

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Being a parent in this day and age, with all the technology and social media out there, is difficult. There is no shortage of alarming reports of cyber-bullying, inappropriate posts, etc. Our parent testers have told us that they try to monitor what their kids are watching, who they are talking to and about what. Add texting into the mix and it can be a full-time job. Bark is a watchdog engine designed to help. It looks for potential issues like the ones already mentioned as well as signs of depression, sexting, drugs, etc. Bark has an impressive algorithm that monitors email, texts and social media accounts. If anything is detected an alert is sent to you either by phone or email. Our testers reported how amazed they were at the thoroughness and speed with which Bark identified inappropriate language and the like. The app is easy to set up – taking just a few minutes. It is important to mention that several testers told us they were treading on new ground as they strive to find the delicate balance between respecting their child’s privacy, allowing them a little bit of freedom and also being diligent. Only you will know what feels right.

Recommended Age: 8 to 17

Price: $9 a month

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