Bark is the app that raises a red flag when your kid is texting about sex, drugs or suicide



We all are familiar with some of the benign codes used while texting. Most of these are abbreviations that are used as shortcuts. For example, instead of  Laugh Out Loud, you would type LOL. Other widely used and popular codes include NP for No Problem and BRB for Be Right Back. But not all of these codes are G-rated. Some of them are used by sneaky teens trying to communicate a particular message hidden by the use of the codes.

An app called Bark connects with over 20 messaging and social media platforms over both iOS and Android. It monitors your kid's online activity 24/7, looking out for codes that could indicate that your kid is involved in sexual activities, drugs, or is considering suicide. The codes that Bark looks out for include:

  • 53X = sneaky way to type "sex"
  • KMS = kill myself
  • LH6 = let’s have sex
  • KYS = kill yourself
  • MOS = mom over the shoulder
  • POS = parent over shoulder
  • CD9 = code 9, parents around
  • GNOC = get naked on camera.
  • 99 = parents are gone
  • WTTP = want to trade photos?
  • LMIRL = let’s meet in real life
  • 1174 = meet at a party spot
  • IWSN = I want sex now
  • CU46 = see you for sex
  • FWB = friends with benefits
  • ADR = what’s your address
  • MPFB = my personal f*** buddy
  • PAL= parents are listening
  • TWD = texting while driving
  • GYPO = get your pants off

Bark analyzes 10 million messages a month found on 21 platforms including text, email, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. Brian Bason, CEO of Bark, notes that context is important when determining whether someone is in danger, or not in their right mind. For example, children using the codes KMS (kill myself) and KYS (kill yourself) might appear suicidal. But if the codes are used after an embarrassing act is discussed, there probably is no intent to commit suicide. For example, Bark might see the following dialogue: "I dropped my lunch all over my shirt. Gonna KMS." Obviously, in this situation the use of this code wouldn't set off the sires, bells and whistles as it might have otherwise.

 

To get started, visit Bark's website by clicking on the sourcelink. Bark is currently offering one free month. After the free trial ends, you can continue using the service for a price of $9 a month, which includes everything you need to monitor your kid's texts.


source: Bark via USAToday

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14 Comments

1. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

If you need an app to help you be a better parent then it's already way too late.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That pretty much sums it up...

11. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

welp better late than sorry at least they're still trying to do their best to keep their kids safe and you're here judging

4. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Literally no one uses these abbreviations.

5. NoAllegiance unregistered

I was about to type the same thing.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm actually familiar with a handful of them tbh.

7. Rifaz

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Never knew any of these abbreviations existed... Ever...

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Seriously? I thought everyone knew KMS and KYS, most people just use the KMSL though.

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'm still in my 20s and I've never seen ANY of these abbreviations. Either young kids found a new way to talk or these are very uncommon.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

kudos to your parent... they've raised you well..

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Bake this unto keyboard apps and I'm sold.

12. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Wait pal just mean pacific Atlantic L(i don't remember)

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

PAL is NTSC's best friend...

15. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

In 5 years, it will be considered good parenting to use an app like this. In 10 years, parents not using something like this, could be charged with neglect. That's how things go. I still get blown away when I hear of parents getting in trouble because their kids were in a playground without supervision. Or because their lunch had too many empty carbs. Or because their kid played football. And there are so many things like that. This will just be another thing added to the list.

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