By Bark Technologies, Inc.
Parents out there looking to get this app- don’t. Is teenagers rely on privacy, and when you are medaling in EVERYTHING we have, it makes us want to graduate and never come back. Now, I am 16 and I believe in structure, but come on this is way too much! Have trust in your kids, no need to track every single thing.
This app has been a blessing for our family. We feel like we are constantly asking our 15 year old son what he is doing, what he is watching... it has broken a little of our relationship down. Once we put this app in, he was so thankful. He doesn’t want to have the stress and also the worry of clicking on something inappropriate. Good kids can get into bad situations. He said he appreciates the parameters. I’m sure we’ll have lots of conversations in the future. We are just grateful for someone doing the hard work for us.
my kids do not trust me after this!! only use on children who you do not trust. i did not find out anything at all. it is stupid.
Teenagers point of view. Hello, I’m sure parents are trying to decide if this app will work and help them peer into their teens and make sure their teens are safe online. The short answer is yes, it will. But what is a side effect of that so called “safety”. I can tell you from my personal experience of having this app on my phone is that you realize that your parents don’t trust you to know the difference from safe and unsafe. I think for middle schoolers this is fantastic. I think that they can’t fully see the truth of the internet and the harm it can bring. But as a teenager in high-school all it brings is mistrust, more lies and pain. I’ve lost my only best friend over this app. I’ve spent many nights wondering what my life would be like without this app... what would I have been like if my parents didn’t read my texts. I would be happy I’ll tell you that much. I don’t trust my mother or my father and they evidently don’t trust me. I feel violated, alone and watched. Due to my parents not agreeing with my words or actions I have had many sleepless nights. Truly think about wether or not to use this app. Just know that in your actions you are destroying your trust with your teen. You will not have their trust and they will not have yours. As a kid with no prior grievances with my parents this has truly torn us apart. Think about that before you make your choice. Thank you, a concerned teen
i hate this app so much it’s badddd
I have to download the app onto my computer then I have to download iTunes. Too many hoops to get through to monitor my kids. Ridiculous it should work for apple better than this!!!!
Ignore the teenager/kid reviews. They don’t use this app and they aren’t even able to use it, since age verification is required. This is an excellent service for parents to monitor their kids’ device activity with excellent customer service 100% of the time.
I can’t believe that people actually do this to their children. Complete invasion of privacy and totally limiting their freedom. I understand the wish to monitor what your child is doing and to want to protect you child from pedos and creeps online but don’t you think that instead of invading their privacy with an app that is always watching them, you should actually talk to your child and teach them about the dangers of social media and what to stay away from. Have people forgot that it is their job as the parent to teach the child what to stay away from and what is safe and what is dangerous. If your child doesn’t know who to stay away from and doesn’t know the dangers of social media then YOU failed as a parent. You shouldn’t have to monitor your child’s every move because you should be confident that you taught your child well. This app is a disgrace and any parent that buys it is one as well.
The Bark app has been very helpful in flagging topics for my wife and I to be able to discuss with our daughter. The software is very helpful and picking up on potential issues. The app sometimes flags items that may not be relevant but I prefer getting more notices then less and it is still much more efficient and can point us in the areas to focus on. This is Especially true when we are not able to completely review her usage. We are trying to find opportunities to help teach and have an open dialogue with my daughter and I think the ark app is a great tool and a way to bring things to the light. I would highly recommend it for families that are trying to navigate our current communication and social media. My suggestion for families would be to help explain to our kids why we use apps like this and to take the extra steps to talk through why with them. Thank you.
This app is one of the most invasive and controlling things a parent can have for their kids. Feeling like you can’t even talk to your friends about something a little awkward or touchy is something nobody should feel. I never want my kid to have to hide things from me, but personally my parents have no reason to have this app, I’m a pretty well rounded kid. This app just gives them the power to abuse our freedom and the rights they gave us permission to in the first place. If they were so worried about us using certain apps, what’s the point in letting us have them. Personally this is so disrespectful and can really ruin the trust between a child and their parents, I know it did for me.