How Bark Works

Content Monitoring

How Bark's Content Monitoring Works

1. Connect

Connect to 30+ platforms to monitor text messages, emails, and social activity for signs of harmful interactions and content. Click here for an overview of what Bark monitors.

bark's parental control app dashboard

2. Detect

Bark runs quietly in the background in search of issues that might indicate that something is wrong in your child’s online world.

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3. Alert

Get automatic alerts via email and text when Bark’s algorithms detect potential risks, so you don’t have to comb through every post and text.

Screen Time and Website Blocking

A parent getting online safety for kids through Bark

How to Set Up Screen Time & Blocking

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1. Download the App

Install our companion app for kids onto your child’s iOS or Android device.

Online safety for kids through screen time

2. Set Healthy Limits

Set bedtimes for each child and pause internet access whenever they need downtime.

Online safety for kids through website blocking

3. Customize Filters

Select from 19 different website categories or decide as a family which specific sites to block or allow.

Online safety for kids through a Bark alert

4. Get Notified

Receive alerts if your child attempts to visit a blocked site containing sexual content.

Location Sharing

Ready to get started?

Now that you know how Bark works, take the next step! Bark was created by parents, for parents, to offer a better, easier, and more effective way to help families create healthy digital habits.