Bark for Schools

Bark For Schools
Posted on 04/27/2018
Bark LogoThe Weatherly Area School District is now utilizing the Bark for Schools monitoring software to protect our students during their online encounters, while they are using their district email account. Bark for Schools is available for all K-12 schools in the United States at no cost. Bark for Schools uses industry-leading, machine-learning algorithms to continually monitor students’ Gmail messages, Gchat conversations, and Google Drive documents. When problems are detected, Bark will notify district administration via email and/or text message.

Bark's website states: "Through our monitoring and alerts, Bark has helped save dozens of lives. We’re bringing this technology to schools because we know early intervention can help educators and parents de-escalate issues of cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, and sexting. Bark for Schools quietly works in the background to track conversations and content on Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Chat. Bark looks for activity that may indicate cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, sexual content, and threats of violence on school-owned accounts."

Security is one of Bark's highest priorities. All data analyzed by Bark is stored within an encrypted database, including backups, and subsequently purged after analysis. All server infrastructure are in highly secure physical data centers, and utilizes a centralized bastion host, which is monitored to detect unwarranted access/activity. All web browser sessions use and require SSL encryption. And of course, no data is ever sold or given to any third party.

Bark states that as a company, their revenue comes from the Bark for Parents product. The company offers Bark for Schools to schools for free (forever!) as a way to give back to the community and to help keep our children safer. Founded by a parent and digital media expert who wanted to provide an option to help protect children online without compromising their privacy, Bark empowers parents to work with their children to keep them safe. Combining the smartest technologies with a fundamental respect for parents' time and children's privacy, Bark alerts parents only when it detects a potential threat – be it sexting, cyberbullying, or even suicidal thoughts. If you are interested in learning more about Bark for Parents please click here or watch the video below.

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