Schedule Summer Fun With Bark’s Brand-New Screen Time Features

Haley Zapal | June 29, 2021 | Bark App Updates Kids and Technology

At Bark, we’re constantly working to make our product better and more useful for families. After listening to some recent feedback from customers, we’re thrilled to announce the rollout of our new custom scheduling features! These tools will give you greater (and more precise!) control over your children’s screen time. Now, you can make sure your kids have summer fun while also setting healthy boundaries around tech use.

Introducing Daily Schedules

In the past, our scheduling enabled you to set different rules for weekdays and weekends. But not every school day looks the same! Baseball practice, band rehearsal, even block scheduling at your child’s school meant that more fine-tuning was needed. Now, you can completely customize daily schedules for all of your kids — right down to the minute.

Screen time grid

Switch Screen Time Rules Quickly and Easily 

Life with a teen or tween can be a little unpredictable, so it only makes sense that a screen time tool should be flexible enough to handle last-minute surprises like forgotten homework assignments. Now, with just the tap of a button, you can switch your child’s screen time rules to whatever makes the most sense for that moment in time — like an extra half hour of Spotify by the pool! You can choose from default rules, school rules, free time rules, and bedtime rules for each day of the week. Every day can look similar or completely different — it’s up to you!

Screen time rules

Say Hello to On-the-Go Web Filtering for Chromebooks

Previously, on-the-go web filtering was only available for Android and iOS devices. But many kids take their Chromebooks everywhere — which is why we now enable on-the-go web filtering for Chromebooks. No matter where your kid sets up their laptop to watch videos, chat, or just surf the web, they’ll be safer. 

Screen Time Ideas for Summer Fun

Screen time during the summer doesn’t have to mean endless scrolling on Instagram and YouTube. With Bark’s new screen time features, you can make sure your kids are still getting summer fun while exercising their brains when they’re online. Our Camp Bark blog post has some excellent ideas to keep kids occupied in productive ways this summer. We’ve also got tons of ideas for apps that kids will actually love — including ones that you can try out for a throwback ’90s day:

  • Gather the crew and head out west on the Oregon Trail. Good luck fording those rivers!
  • Flex those language skills and play a rousing game of Mad Libs.
  • Brew up a batch of delicious, neon-green homemade Ecto Cooler.
  • Take a tour of the real-life Titanic to learn about its passengers and structure. 
  • Have a ’90s themed media day: listen to some old CDs, watch ’90s movies, and listen to ’90s playlists on Spotify. We recommend boy bands, grunge, and hip-hop!

About Bark

Bark is a comprehensive online safety solution that empowers families to monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites to help protect their kids online. Our mission is to give parents and guardians the tools they need to raise kids in the digital age.

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