I feel so much better to know there is someone helping to keep my kids and their friends safe. I am a therapist and work with mental health issues every day. I believe I have a very open and honest relationship with my teen. I believe she has more insight into mental illness and many of the dangers that are out there. So having this app has nothing to do with me not trusting her or not having an open healthy relationship and honest communication - its another way for parents to help navigate this tough world. Whether it’s my child or one of her friends thats struggling with depression or self injurious behavior or a very sick individual slowly but surely attempting to groom my child - I want that chance to be able to intervene and make aware the potential dangers. To discuss what occurred or what options there are to deal with the situation and talk it out. Beyond having the app - I had the opportunity to speak for about an hour with one of the Bark support team members and he was super helpful. All of my questions were answered and he never rushed through anything. He was kind and patient and very knowledgeable. So far I have not found anything that I would change! Thanks Bark!
My 13 yr old daughter was asked for nudes by a 13 yr old boy. I had to find this boy’s father and tell him what had happened. I trust my daughter to do the right things and in this instance she swore him out (we were actually proud of her for that) and told him no. I do not trust other kids to not send her things that she doesn’t even want, or pictures of them nude, which btw a child can be prosecuted for having child pornography on their phone even if it’s their boyfriend or girlfriend. The teenagers scoring this low are either doing things they are not suppose to do, or their parents have not explained to them that it’s the lack of trust in other kids and their parents. Let’s face it, not all parents take the time to actually teach their kids right from wrong or have the tough conversations with them.. I know my parents didn’t. For the parents reading this review, it would be a good idea to learn about new tech and apps and look them up before allowing your kids to have them.. ex: Snapchat was literally created to send pornographic images between adults.. and it deletes the pics unless the other person saves. Your kid might not be sending nudes, but it doesn’t mean someone isn’t sending it to your kid.
I can’t imagine having a kid with a smart phone and NOT having Bark. It has been essential for conversations that are part of our kids’ training. When a single text or post can literally alter your kid’s life, this kind of monitoring is simply unmatched by any other product. Every parent has a responsibility to protect their child’s mental, emotional, and physical safety... Bark is part of our strategy to fulfill that responsibility!!
Completely ruined trust between me and my parents. Barks at EVERYTHING, even stuff that parents don’t care about, and still shows a ton of your texts and gives no privacy. The only good thing is it doesn’t monitor tiktok Instagram or discord so if you want private conversations use those. Their customer support is also garbage. DONT GET IT
This app has made me have severe anxiety and social issues by the way that it Alerts the parent the developer response says that it alerts for problems but it alerts for every goddamn thing and I feel like I can’t have any privacy every Friday I get a feeling of impending doom from this app and it’s made my life a living hell, parents if you read this don’t buy the app it’s downright abuse torwards children and your kids will feel the effects of it and feel as if they are chained in to a certain way of speech, and devs if you read this, go to hell.
all this app is doing is supporting toxic parenting and toxic parent child relationships. the more you try and gate keep your children from the world the less they will trust you. this app will only make your children find other ways to do things you don’t want them to do.
this is from a teenager pov: i feel that this is an invasion of privacy. my messages are for me only and if i feel like if i felt like i was in danger i would tell my parents. i also feel like anything i do will get flagged for no apperant reason. i can take care of myself. i’m always scared that anything i watch will get flagged then i will get a lecture on why i can’t watch a video because it said stupid.
this app has ruined the relationship i have with my dad. my dad will get “alerts” for something he shouldn’t. i hate this app with a passion because of how messed up it has me. i hate not having privacy. i hate that every single text i send, i’m afraid that my dad is going to see. very disappointed
I just want to have some aspect of my life where I can be an individual, being spied on, no matter if you’re doing something good or bad on your phone insights fear and nervousness.
TAKE THIS APP DOWN