Video streaming is more popular than ever. Between YouTube, Instagram stories, Instagram Live, Snapchat — we literally can’t list them all here — there are multiple ways to get your personal video content out into the word. And multiple ways that kids can potentially run into trouble. This is why video streaming app LiveMe has partnered with parental control monitoring app Bark to ensure their platform remains a safe place for kids to visit.
Haven’t Heard of LiveMe? Your Teen Has
If you have tweens or teens currently using social media, they’ve likely heard of the LiveMe app. More than 100 million users log on to the social media platform to create and broadcast videos. The app is popular across many age ranges and is used for everything from streaming gameplay to sharing cute dog videos.
However, like any social media platform, there is a chance that your child could be exposed to inappropriate content or use it as an outlet for venting their pains and frustrations. This is why the company behind LiveMe implemented a new policy in 2018 that prevents users under the age of 18 from creating an account with the service; of kids wanted to use it, parents would need to know.
Now, this summer, LiveMe announced that they have formed a new partnership with Bark to help keep their underaged visitors safe on the app.
Bark Is a Tech Watchdog
Bark is known for its award-winning service that creates “a safer social media environment for families,” something that many parents are desperate for in this increasingly digital age. The artificial intelligence (AI) used by Bark’s software was created in collaboration with a variety of experts in the field of child and internet safety, including law enforcement and psychologists.
The service can be used to monitor anything from phone texts to YouTube. It offers peace of mind to parents who may be worried about their child being bullied, harassed or otherwise exposed to exploitation attempts online.
The technology works by notifying parents when their child has engaged in concerning behavior. For example, it alerts them to triggers like sexting, suicidal ideation, and possible school shootings. Best of all, the AI does this without requiring parents to read through their child’s private conversations and interactions themselves.
The service costs $9 a month and offers 24-hour monitoring that will send a notification of any material it views as a red flag. In addition to alerting parents to concerning content, Bark will also offer recommendations from trained child psychologists on how to deal with the behavior.
How Bark Works With LiveMe
LiveMe opened its Application Programming Interface (API) to Bark in order to add the app to the more than 24 social media platforms the Bark service already monitors. Hopefully, the addition of LiveMe to Bark’s catalog will give parents a little peace of mind when it comes to their teens and tweens activity on the app.