A Reviewer's Guide: Bark for Schools

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This article will cover how to use Bark for Schools as a Reviewer. 

We developed Bark for Schools with school officials in mind. As such, it is a simple-to-use but incredibly powerful tool for helping your efforts to keep students safe on school-issued accounts and technology.

The very first page you'll see is the dashboard and everything can be navigated from the top right account menu (where your name is located):

 

Menu Options

  1. Dashboard
  2. Review Alerts
  3. Parent Portal
  4. Profile
  5. Support
  6. Refer a School

1. Dashboard

The dashboard will provide high level statistics around the groups that have been assigned to you. 

Activities Analyzed

This represents all activity we've seen since Bark for Schools was turned on. The data here will reflect all turned on groups for monitoring - not just your class(es). 

Alerts to Review

This represents any issues outstanding for the groups assigned to you. If there is a number here, there is an issue that has been detected but hasn't been looked at by any other Reviewers.

Reports

The reports section allows you a glimpse of what is occurring across the groups assigned to you, from a statistical standpoint. 

In the image above, we've identified some key sections:

A) This area provides an issue count by day.

B) The pie chart shows an issue by type breakdown.

C) The date range field is adjustable and applies to all areas of the report.

D) You can search by a group, or choose one of the groups displayed by issues generated, in descending order. Clicking into one of these gives a sub-group level view of the reporting data, which depending on your organizational structure, is further broken down by class before being broken down by student name.

 

2. Review Alerts

This page is where you'll be able to review what Bark has identified as inappropriate or potentially harmful for a student. We provide a number of filtering options to allow you to get to data very quickly.

In the image above, we've identified some key sections:

A) A filter that can be applied to sort by Category - such as violence, cyberbullying, and sexual content (this list is not exhaustive).

B) A filter that can be applied to sort by Groups. If you have more than one group (or class, grade) assigned to you, you can filter out by group.

C) A filter that can be applied to sort the student. The student's email, first name, or last name works here.

D) A filter that can be applied to sort by platform. If on G Suite, that will be Gmail, Drive, and/or Chrome. If on Microsoft 365, that will be Outlook or OneDrive.

E) A filter that can be applied to sort by View Status. If an issue has been reviewed by any administrator, the issue can be reviewed by checking the "Reviewed" box. Any viewed issue will have a timestamp and name of the user that reviewed it, as seen in the example below:

F) A filter that can be applied to sort by Other, which are further detailed below:

  • The flagged only filter refers to a "review later" function within an issue (displayed below). This filter allows you to return to an issue quickly. 
  • The severe filter allows you to target any identified severe issue. A severe issue is an issue that has hit a threshold in a category and are more actionable. Severe issues are further identified by a red exclamation mark, as seen in the example below:
 

3. Parent Portal

This is a free feature available to you and your administration.

Parent Portal lets you share alerts and responsibility with parents and guardians in an effort to help keep your students safe 24/7. Urgent alerts can happen at times when your administration may not be able to respond — like before and after school, on weekends, and during school vacations. Parent Portal is a completely free service that comes with your Bark for Schools account, and activation is easy through integration with Excel/spreadsheets and services like Clever.

For additional information on how to explain Parent Portal to your team and the parents in your community, click here.

Still have questions about Parent Portal? Check out our FAQs here.

 

4. Profile

This page allows you to update user name, emergency contact number, and email preferences.

Be sure to click Save after making any changes.

NOTE: Bark for Schools does not recommend disabling email alerts, doing so could result in a critical miss of a potentially imminent alert.
For more information, please visit our article here: How to Edit Profile Settings

 

5. Support

This section will allow you to reach out with questions, concerns, suggestions, or anything you need to reach Bark for Schools about.

 

We have a Message function (with team members available 8am-5pm EST, Monday through Friday) and a Support Articles function, which gives you access to a compendium of resources built around using Bark for Schools. Additionally, you can visit our open Facebook group to connect with other schools on student safety, or browse our blog to learn more about topics that can help bolster your student safety efforts. 

6. Refer a school

Want to help us in our mission to protect every student and every school and district in America for free?

Here's where you can.

This page provides you with an email template that can be used to send schools and/or districts you know that could benefit from Bark like you have. 

 

Need additional help?

We have an incredible team behind the scenes here at Bark. For technical questions, we can be reached here. Our team is happy to help!