Our District uses Bark for Schools to help us monitor school-issued accounts and devices for signs of digital dangers. When potential issues like cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, and threats of violence arise, Bark sends us a notification. Now that these devices are at home more than the classroom we wanted to pass along the opportunity for parents and guardians to receive these alerts as well. This is totally optional and the service is offered at no charge.
How to get Alerts with the Free Parent Portal
Today, April 4th, you will receive an invitation to confirm your contact info and create your free account for the Bark for Schools Parent Portal. As soon as you opt in, you'll start receiving alerts when Bark detects potential issues. The system isn't perfect and will occasionally flag a book report or other school related work as something that needs review, but it's getting better all the time. We wanted to give you this opportunity to have a tool to better monitor your student's activity online during these times when students may be online more than usual. One note: this only monitors school-issued accounts and devices by default. If you are interested in getting a better look at your student's digital life, check out Bark for Families below.
Monitor Texts, Social Media, and More
Bark for Schools is free for both our school and for you. For even greater coverage, you can also sign up for Bark for Families, which monitors texts, chat, email, YouTube, and 30+ social media platforms for potential safety concerns. We have secured a 20% discount for Bark for Families — you'll only have to pay $7.20 per month to cover an unlimited number of accounts, devices, and children.
Learn more about Bark for Schools — including their commitment to student privacy. If you have additional questions, check out this help guide from Bark or contact us by sending an email to email@example.com and one of our technicians will get back to you.
Thank you for your support as we strive to help keep our students safe both online and in real life.