I posted this on our high school parents FB page. This is my specific experience but I encourage any Bark parent who would like to post something similar:
From a concerned parent:
Hey good morning all,
I wanted to share information I just discovered that I feel is URGENT and IMPORTANT for parents. Some or many of you may already know about it and if that’s you, this post isn’t for you. B￼ut I didn’t know and this post is for any other parents who might not know but would appreciate the information. ￼Please don’t judge my post or any comments that may be made.￼￼
Many of our kids have unrestricted ability to cheat and/or share photos, videos, explicit messages, etc. during school via AirDrop, Snapchat, etc.￼ ￼What I saw my teenager was receiving concerned me the most.
I became aware of all this because I monitor my students phone with the BARK app. I found these issues when I looked thru the phone because of alerts I received from BARK. ￼Most but not all apps can be monitored. And there are other things you can do if you want parental controls on your teenager’s phone. Also, my kid had told me that they need their cell phone at school for some classes - so I emailed each of his teachers and unsurprisingly got the response from each that the students do not need their cell phones at school.
Some of you may feel your child doesn’t need to be monitored and that’s great. But my kid doesn’t seem on the surface to need monitoring either. My kid is a teenager who insists on going to church youth group Every Wednesday night. My kid is courteous and kind, loves helping people, ￼and has a good heart. But they are also a teenager who has access to unimaginable things to some of us from previous generations, and has neither the life experience nor the maturity to stay away from in spite of the guidance and good examples that surround them. ￼From what I’ve seen on their phone the same goes for many of their peers at school.
If anyone is interested in parental controls I strongly encourage you to download Bark. It takes a little work But it is way more than worth it.￼
And I included a BARK link.