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Bark Phone vs Target Cell Phones For Kids: Which Is Best?
Created in collaboration with parents, the Bark Phone provides families with our award-winning parental controls that allow parents to completely customize phone access and monitor phone activity. Target offers a variety of options for kids, like flip phones, standard smart phones, toys, and dummy cell phones. These are not always designed specifically for kids today and parental controls are not included.
Why the Bark Phone is Better than Target Kids Cell Phones
Out-of-the-box parental controls
The Bark Phone comes with easy-to-use parental controls out of the box. Parents can customize phone activity with no extra apps required. Most Target cell phones for kids require a third party app or multiple phone settings to set parental controls.
Get alerts for concerning content
Bark’s advanced monitoring technology alerts parents to digital dangers in their child’s texts, emails, and social media accounts. This is not offered with most parental control apps or out-of-the-box kids phone options at Target.
No contract required
The Bark Phone is available on a month-to-month basis with the phone plan included. Target offers select prepaid plans but most kids cell phones require a phone plan through a carrier.
Approve apps & contacts
Choose what apps are off-limits to your kids and approve new phone contacts. Bark lets you manage everything your child can access on their phone. For most phone carriers, a third party app is required and may not include these features.
Rest assured your kid can’t delete texts
With the Bark Phone, there’s no way that kids can erase messages they send or receive. Target phones do not currently offer text message monitoring. A third party app, like Bark, would be required for phone monitoring.
Remotely lock the phone & set time limits
Bark Phone’s built-in parental controls allow parents to set time limits for the internet, individual apps, and even remotely lock the phone. Parents can easily configure the phone to text and call only with no internet access. Target’s smart phones require additional phone settings or a third-party apps to set time limits depending on the phone model.
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
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
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
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 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.
- What's Included
Quick start guide
- Product Name
- Galaxy A13 32GB
- Phone Style
- Operating System
- Android 12
- Internal Memory
- 32 GB
- Screen Size
- 6.6 inches
- Water Resistant
- Phone Memory (RAM)
- 3 GB
- Front-Facing Camera
- 8 MP
- Rear-Facing Camera
- 50 MP
- Processor Model
- Exynos 850
- Internet Connectable
- Voice Assistant Built-in
- Google Assistant
- Wireless Technology
- 2G, 3G, 4G, 4G LTE, LTE
- Model Number
- Bluetooth Enabled
- Charging Interface
- USB Type C
- Data and coverage provided by Bark
- Email Capable
- Built-In GPS
- Accelerometer, barometer, fingerprint sensor, geomagnetic sensor, proximity sensor
- Voice Activated
- Wireless Charging
- Headphone Jack
- Display Type
- Screen Resolution
- 2400 x 1080
- Touch Screen
- Integrated Camera
- Yes, Front and Back
- Battery Capacity
- 5000 milliampere hours
- Camera Resolution (Front)
- 8.0 MP
- Camera Resolution (Rear)
- 50.0 MP + 5.0 MP + 2.0 MP + 2.0 MP
- Video Recording Resolution
- FHD (1920 x 1080)@30fps
- Main Camera - Flash
- Main Camera - Auto Focus
- Front Camera - F Number
- Front Camera - Auto Focus
- Main Camera - F Number (Multiple)
- F1.8, F2.2, F2.4, F2.4
Ready to Get Started?
Bark Phone plans start at just $49/month, and you can cancel at any time.