Frequently asked Questions
Bark uses advanced machine learning and statistical analysis techniques to recognise potential problems. Simple keyword searches aren’t enough to detect most issues, which is why this parental control app uses contextual analysis and natural language processing to determine when something serious might be happening.
For example, Bark knows the difference between a kid saying: “This homework makes me wanna kill myself,” versus “Nobody cares about me!! I wanna kill myself.” Bark’s algorithm also keeps up with the latest in teen slang.
Screen Time Management and Website Blocking
Families can manage not only when their kids can access the internet on their devices, but also which sites and apps they can visit.
You can create custom profiles for each child in your household, create screen time schedules, and manage access to a wide variety of websites — including video streaming, gaming, adult content, and more.
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One of the biggest things that sets Bark apart from competitors is its world-class content monitoring. With sophisticated AI, its able to alert parents and guardians to issues (like cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, sexting, and more) that their kids may be encountering online. Bark notifies you when something may be wrong so you can give your children the support they need. Bark also doesn’t just leave you to deal with issues on your own — it provides expert-recommended steps for handling the situation.
Nope! You and/or your child simply download and install the app followed by connecting your child’s accounts and devices to Bark, which takes only a few minutes.
For Bark Premium
You’ll need a computer to set up Bark Premium if your child has Apple devices. For Android devices, you won’t need a computer at all.
For Bark Junior
You won’t need a computer to set up Bark Junior on Apple or Android devices — all that’s required is to download the app on your child’s Apple or Android device.
Is my child’s data secure?
Absolutely. Bark’s website uses SSL encryption, and all analysed data is stored within an encrypted database. You can rest easy knowing your children’s data is secure.
If you have Apple devices, you can manage your family’s account from your devices by downloading the app from the App Store. The app allows you to review alerts, add children, connect accounts, update your notification settings, and more.
The Bark Kids app will also need to be downloaded to your child’s Apple device to enable the screen time management and web-filtering features.
Bark has two Android apps: one for parents and one to be installed on your child’s device to fully enable all the features.
You can download the Android app from the Google Play Store. The app allows you to manage your account, review potential issues, add children, connect accounts, update your notification settings, and more! Note: This app should ONLY be installed on the parent’s device.
Bark for Kids should be installed on your child’s Android device to allow Bark to monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites on the device.
Bark is proud to provide a comprehensive parental control solution for your family, so you no longer need a second tool or product. Its features (content monitoring, screen time management, app and website blocking, and location sharing) go beyond anything that’s built into your child‘s device.
Bark monitors 30+ of the most popular social media platforms and apps, as well as text messages and saved photos and videos on devices. You can check out an interactive list of everything Bark monitors here based on what type of device your child has.
For apps that Bark doesn’t currently monitor, you can easily block them entirely or set limits on daily access.