Bark District Monitoring System

March, 2019

Dear Parents,

Keeping students safer on their school-provided devices is of paramount importance to the Albion Central School District. In that regard, we would like to make you aware of a recent step our team has taken to monitor school-issued accounts. Bark for Schools is a powerful new monitoring service we are utilizing to help us better protect students both at school and at home.

When schools give students access to Chrome books and Google accounts, an incredible world of learning opportunities open up — as well as potential dangers. Bark helps us monitor all of the content our students are creating, sharing, through school-issued accounts. This helps us to detect potentially dangerous situations that students may be facing both in and out of school, including cyber-bullying, threats of violence, predatory advances, sexual content, and suicidal ideation.

In the coming days, you will receive an invitation to create an account for the Bark for Schools Family Alerts Dashboard. After school hours and during weekends, breaks, and holidays, you'll receive alerts if issues are detected on your child's accounts, such as in emails or documents.

Bark provides all of the above for free as part of their give back program and is available to all K-12 schools and districts in the U.S. You can also enable Bark’s product for families, which monitors texts, email, YouTube and more than 24 social media platforms for potential safety concerns on your student’s personal accounts. In 2018, Bark detected 1.2 million instances of cyber-bullying, 140,000+ communications discussing self-harm or suicidal ideation, nearly 100 student conversations with sexual predators, and 51 potential acts of violence in schools.

To help your family, Albion Central Schools has secured a 20% discount on the monthly cost, which is $7.20 per month / $79.20 per year to cover an unlimited number of accounts, devices, and children. The upgrade is available through the Bark for Schools app.

If you would like more information, please contact BARK by replying to the email being sent with your invitation to create a Bark Account. Thank you for helping us to keep our students safe online and in real life. 

Mark Vanacore
Albion Technical Support Department