New parent app monitors student social media

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP) has announced a new program designed to help keep students safe online through use of an app called Bark.

Bark proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 24 different social networks for potential safety concerns such as cyberbullying, sexting, drug-related content, online predators, and signs of depression. Parents will be alerted if any of these issues is detected.

Parents can enroll in the program at no cost by clicking here.

CHPDP is also offering a free online continuing education series, "School Health Spotlight," made possible through funding from the Highmark Foundation. Registration is free and viewers can receive free Act 48 and Social Worker credits.

The one-hour webinars feature 13 different topics that reflect current school health issues for schools, parents, and student-serving professionals.

To view a list of topics and to register, click here.