Focus at Four: Smartphone app monitors child's activity for potential threats

Published: May. 22, 2018 at 4:57 PM CDT
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In the wake of the Santa Fe school shooting, one app company is calling itself a potential part of the solution.

Bark is an app that monitors all of your child's smartphone use so that you don't have to.

For $9 per month per family, an artifically intelligent algorithm will scan all of your family's social media, texts, and email for potential threatening language--or even threatening gifs, meme, and emoji use.

Bark's chief parenting officer says it's a great compromise between parent and child.

"Bark is not like other things on the market that give parents unfettered access to all of your information because that's not the smart way to raise a responsible digital native," said Titania Jorden, Bark CPO. "What Bark does, is if your child is experiencing cyberbullying, if they are depressed, have mental health issues, they have violent tendencies, or if someone is grooming them online, you need to know about it."

If this kind of threatening activity is detected, Bark will send the parent and email or text alerting them and suggesting next steps.

For the full conversation with Jorden, see the video player above. To find out how to download Bark for your family, see the Related Links.