For over four years, Mount Vernon has partnered with Bark Technologies to provide families with the tools they need to raise children in the digital age. Bark’s comprehensive service lets parents monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites to get peace of mind while their children are online.
Recently, the School hosted a Virtual Parent University Webinar: Mentoring and Monitoring Children’s Online Presence. View the recorded session.
Additional Resources (Provided by Bark):
Talk Openly and Honestly: Make sure your kids feel comfortable talking to you about any subject so they can come to you if they need help — no matter the topic.
Use Parental Controls: Apps, games, and devices often have built-in safeguards to help keep kids safe. Visit barkomatic.com to get detailed instructions for many of them.
Create a Tech Contract: Lay down ground rules like when your kids can use their the device, what apps they can download, and what happens if they break the rules.
Find the Right Device: When picking your kid’s first phone, factor details such as cost, functionality, and safety into your decision.
Add a Monitoring Service: Get alerts instead of reading every message, scrolling through feeds, or watching every video your kid encounters.
Learn From Other Parents: Join Parenting in a Tech World, our Facebook group of 80,000+ parents, to get the scoop on cool apps, the latest trends, and all things tech-related.
Featuring actual parents and kids as well as industry-leading experts in child safety and development, this documentary dives into the real-life issues facing kids today — including cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, and more.
We know many have questions about how to handle the issues facing their kids today. Here are recommended actions parents can take to help guide their kids through issues like cyberbullying, sexual content, violence, and more. These short guides are great starting points for tough conversations.
Our goal is to demonstrate to parents how predators operate in the digital age — and how to help protect their kids. A stonefish blends into its habitat and injects venom into predators that come too close. Our team goes undercover in an online ecosystem to identify sexual predators and report them to law enforcement.