Bark Phone vs iPhone SE 3rd generation
Compare the features of the Bark Phone and the iPhone SE 3rd generation.
Compare the Features
Bark Premium, which covers content monitoring and alerts, screen time, and location tracking is included in the phone's price. It comes built into the Bark Phone and can't be deleted.
iPhones come with Apple Screen Time, but it doesn’t have a monitoring tool.
You decide as a parent whether messages can be removed from the Bark Phone.
Child can delete messages on the device.
A case is included in the cost of the Bark Phone.
Depends on the provider.
On the Bark Phone, Bark automatically monitors texts, Chrome, TikTok, Snapchat, Discord, WhatsApp, KIK, and more if you chose to allow these apps. You can also block them whenever you choose.
iPhones don’t come with a monitoring tool.
Kids can’t change your settings.
Kids often find workarounds for Apple Screen Time.
The Bark Phone is a Samsung A13.
iPhones are regular phones.
You can allow access to the app store at any time — or block it. You can also control which apps your child can install.
Parents can allow the app store when needed.
You can allow access to a web browser at any time — or block it. It’s up to you. Safe search browsing and YouTube restricted mode are automatically enabled.
Safari is Apple’s built-in web browser but you can also download others.
Nearly every setting on the Bark Phone is customizable, making it work for kids of any age.
You can customize settings on iPhones.
The Bark Phone is available on a month-to-month basis and you can cancel at any time.
Depends on your plan and carrier.
Unlimited talk and text is included with every Bark phone plan.
Depends on your plan and carrier.
Real-life Bark families. Real-life stories.
Dorothea S.February 12
Love! love! love! the bark phone!!!! I can’t say enough good things about Bark. This is everything i wanted in a phone for my daughter. You have no idea this moms frustration trying to find something easy and where my kid can’t disable the VPN that makes it work!!! every parent needs this for their kid…of any age!!!!!22 comments
Heather W.March 9
I have used the bark app (and now, the bark phone for my youngest) across both droid and apple devices to keep me updated on current lingo and issues that I need to address with my kids for over 5 years. Thank you for the education, extra set of eyes/ears, and your heart, Bark people!33 comments
Prjrm M.January 9
Finally I have access to a phone that I trust in my kids hands! I have access to and control over all of my kids phone activity through the parent app on my phone. It alerts me to any activity on their phone that the filter catches as possible issues. Only I can approve the apps my kids want to download. I set time limits. I love it!20 comments
Jessie J.April 5
I have loved our bark phone for my 10 year old. Great starter phone. Establishes healthy phone habits and I can rest assured that I don’t have to hound/search her phone! It actually provides freedom for my kids.24 comments
Jena R.January 10
Bark is the best decision my husband and I made. We have a 15 year old and although that may sound a bit old for monitoring, it is the best thing for us and our teen because it alerts us on potentially dangerous situations and it holds her accountable for how she conducts herself online. I can’t see why anyone would discourage this. Thanks Bark!9 comments
Stephanie W.December 20
Bark has changed our family’s lives. No exaggerating here. There are so many things I wouldn’t have known or seen if we didn’t subscribe, and I’m an IT person that knows firewalls & security. Bark does so much more, especially since most of this behavior happens over the phones that can be turned off from my firewall.52 comments
Marianne H.March 15
Thanks a ton. You have not only helped me protect my kids, but helped us have better and more open conversations. My kids live in a blended home, and this helps us be on the same page when we teach right and wrong and flat out dangerous16 comments
Kimberly S.January 16
I have had this for about a month. It has absolutely produced excellent conversations and has built trust. My approach is not “gotcha” but “I love you and this helps me support you”. My children understand I trust them but I need to be alerted to some things. This has been a great fit for our family.9 comments
Pricing & Details
No upfront cost. No contract required. Cancel anytime.
- Bark Phone with USB-C charging cord
- Comes with a subscription to Bark Premium for the entire family
- Includes exclusive Bark Phone features like undeletable texts, location tracking, remote phone lock, and more
- Free transfer of your kid's current phone number to the Bark Phone
- Protective case
- Unlimited talk and text with data plans that fit your family’s needs
- Free shipping
Features You’ll Love
The Bark Phone for kids is a Samsung A13. We purposely designed it so that it wouldn’t be recognizable as a “kiddie” phone. No one will know it’s a Bark Phone unless you tell them. Bark’s powerful parental controls are all internal — there’s no Bark branding, logos, or other tell-tales that would broadcast it as a kid’s phone.
It comes with all the standard features of a Samsung A13 phone.
Regardless of whether a parent has an iPhone or an Android, they will be able to manage the Bark Phone with no issues, so don’t worry about compatibility problems.
Bark Phone plans start at $49/month with no contract required. We have three monthly data options to fit your family’s needs:
- $49/month for unlimited talk, text, and Wi-Fi only (no data)
- $59/month for unlimited talk, text, and 4GB data
- $69/month for unlimited talk, text, and 8GB data
- $89/month for unlimited talk, text, and 35GB data
Each phone plan comes with a Bark Premium subscription and will cover any other kids, devices, and accounts a user’s family has. You won’t pay for an extra Bark subscription if you already have Bark Premium — we will adjust your plan and prorate the remaining amount left and apply it to the subscription.
The Bark Phone for kids is the result of years of experience in the online safety industry and real-life conversations with the people whose opinion counts the most: families raising kids with phones in the digital age.
We’ve created a device that integrates Bark’s software seamlessly, resulting in a comprehensive and robust parental control experience.
It also comes with exclusive features that weren’t possible with just a downloadable app. The Bark Kid’s Phone gives parents unprecedented oversight of their child’s online experience, including GPS-powered location tracking, call blocking, contact management, and automatic monitoring for texts and many apps and social media platforms.
Its native controls are tamper-proof, providing parents with peace of mind that the rules they set stay in place. Bark can’t be deleted, even if you factory reset it.
The best part of the Bark Phone? It grows with your child as they mature. For younger kids, you can keep the phone locked down with as little functionality as a flip phone. As they get older, you can add in additional freedoms, functionality, and apps — or scale back anytime boundaries are needed.
- USB-C charging cord
- Unlimited talk and text
- Protective case
- A data plan that fits your family’s needs
- Bark Premium subscription for the Bark Phone as well as for all of the other devices and accounts in your family
If you already have a Bark Premium subscription, that’s okay! We will adjust your plan and prorate the remaining amount left and apply it to your Bark Phone subscription.
Right now, the Bark Phone for kids is only available for families located in the U.S.
You know your child best, which is why the Bark Phone gives you full control over the apps they can access. You can block every app that a Samsung A13 could download, or you can allow them all — or somewhere in between, which is where most families will fall.
The Bark Phone is powered by the award-winning technology that made the Bark app a trusted name for families across the world. It’s the result of years of experience understanding what families need and want when it comes to kids’ devices.
Secondly, we made it completely customizable, because every family — and kid — is different. For younger kids, you can make the Bark Phone work essentially like a non-smartphone. As they get older and become ready for more responsibility, you can add in functionality and access to web browsing, apps, social media, and more.
The Best Phone for Kids — Powered by Bark
Plans start at just $49/month with no contract required.