Today, another epidemic is spreading across the country, one that is endangering the well being of teens and tweens at alarming rates.
Childhood depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicides are soaring among America’s youth. All while parents and loved ones feel helpless, as they struggle to recognize the signs that a child is truly in trouble, and may even be in danger of harming themselves.
But how can they search for those signs, without looking over their kid’s shoulder, or resorting to secretly reading a child’s text messages or social media posts? It’s a question parents everywhere are asking.Fortunately, there is an answer. Nika.
Finding out that something is wrong is half the battle. Knowing how to respond is the other half.
Nika does both. As the first and only science-based platform using machine learning & advanced human-computer interaction technologies, Nika also includes information oversight by a trained psychologist who checks the information gained by our unique algorithms. So, unlike with other platforms, the human component is very much a part the Nika methodology.
Most parents can miss or might not know what kinds of signs to look for. But Nika knows, by performing language analysis of the vocabulary a child uses on social media and texts, the frequency that terms are used, time of day, and more.
When signs of danger appear - or when positive indicators are seen - Nika lets you know it. And, importantly, if there are trouble signs, you’ll also see how professionals suggest you handle them.
Trust is a precious commodity in any relationship, but especially so between parent and child. Nika was designed to respect that trust by observing, analyzing and making parents aware of trouble signs - without the parents seeing everything a child is communicating. This is vital, as your child will know that Nika is there only to help, and not to relay and repeat every word or action.
The concept of using a platform to help identify a child’s mental or behavioral distress grew from the founder’s own experience with a child suffering from mental duress without the founder or his wife recognizing its existence or severity.
What made this experience all the more painful is the fact that the founder is a psychologist, trained to recognize the signs. But kids, as every parent knows, are very good at hiding their real emotions.
He recognized that had he been aware of the specific signs of concern or danger, his daughter’s issues, and those of thousands of other children, would no longer remain hidden and untreated.
To help parents like himself to spot indicators of trouble, he set about to create an accurate, science-based and easy to read online tool that would analyze key elements in a child’s text, social media, and physical activities. And those findings would also be overseen by a psychologist, to assure accuracy.Nika was born.
Based on over 30 scientifically proven variables which are key indicators of emotional, behavioral and physical health, Nika’s dashboard is truly a breakthrough in delivering complex, vital information in a clear, easily understood and actionable format. Imagine the difference this can make in your lives.
The top of the dashboard presents a Well-Being Scale of your child’s overall mental, behavioral and physical status, even showing you how they compare to the previous week. In just seconds, this one tool gives parents insights that they might have missed for years. But, there’s far more to see in Nika’s full dashboard.
The Nika dashboard then shows specific Findings of your child’s overall well-being which Nika has identified. The Findings could include possible words, phrases and activities that indicate an area of concern, or a more positive outlook.
For High Priority Findings, Nika not only identifies the concern, but it also provides parents with important Recommendations and Resources. These include helping parents better understand the nature of the concern, suggestions on how to deal with it, and the opportunity to speak with a trained professional about the findings if the parents wish.
Nika is not a mind reader. It’s a trend reader, which is far more helpful. The Trends section of the Nika dashboard provides extraordinarily useful and easy to follow charts and graphs displaying the changes in a child’s behavior of activity over a period of time. It’s a reality check on their emotional, behavioral and physical well-being, laying out the trends in positive or negative posts.
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The Nika dashboard also provides extraordinarily useful charts and graphs which display the changes in a child’s behavior of activity over a period of time. It’s a reality check on their emotional and behavioral health, clearly showing trends that are possibly troubling and those which are decidedly encouraging.
Signing up for Nika could prove to be one of the most important parenting decisions you’ll ever make.
But you shouldn’t wait for a crisis or breaking point to arrive before you put Nika to work. The sooner you have Nika, the sooner you can stop wondering how your child’s mental and behavioral health are doing, and see for yourself.
That’s precisely what you and your child’s happiness deserve.
With Nika, your child won’t feel like you’re monitoring their every word and action - because you won’t be. To prove the point, we have a guide for parents and children to review together on what Nika is, what it does and doesn’t do, how it can help, and how we respect a child’s privacy and rights.
After all, if a child doesn’t trust that Nika was created to help them while respecting their privacy, then it can’t fulfill its mission. And everyone misses out.
Nika is changing the game when it comes to supporting our kids and their mental health. Nika provides me practical, realistic tools that enable me to be a more proactive parent. As a public health professional, knowing that Nika values science and partners with leading experts gives me the comfort and support I need. Many thanks to the entire Nika team for being my support and north star throughout this time.
With a clean easy-to-understand interface and powerful science-based insights, Nika offers insightful and helpful resources for parents and teens navigating tough times in a digital age.