Superintendent Dr. Rod Henderson and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Danny Rushing updated the School Board Tuesday during its regular meeting on the use of the Bark parental control app and testing of HALO Smart Sensors.
The Bark app is installed on all Chromebooks in the district. It monitors texting, email and social media apps, as well as implementing web filters. Everything typed into a district Chromebook is monitored, with primary focus on any content that might cause a parent or administrator concern.
“It scans for concerns over emotional awareness, like depression, anxiety, or self-harm,” Rushing said. “It detects the language and notifies administration. We can then begin to notify counselors and parents on issues a child may not feel comfortable talking to someone about, but are issues that need to be addressed.”