Bark vs Apple Screen Time

Compare the Features

Bark vs. Apple Screen Time
Screen time schedules
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Set custom rules for school time, bedtime, and free time
Apple Screen Time
Only allows Downtime

Create one set of app and/or website limits to be applied

Can also set weekly or daily downtime schedule.
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Block specific sites and apps or choose from 19 categories, including adult content, gaming, and streaming sites — all on any browser
Apple Screen Time
Block specific sites and can block adult content as a category
Anytime internet pausing
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Disable the internet whenever needed — no matter where your kids are
Apple Screen Time
Does not have an instant internet pause toggle, however you can manually adjust Screen Time/Downtime settings as needed to restrict internet access
Content monitoring
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Scans online activities like texts, emails, and social media platforms for concerning content
Apple Screen Time
Messages includes tools that warn children and provide helpful resources if they receive or attempt to send photos that may contain nudity. Parents are not notified; children have the option to message an adult that they trust about the photo if they choose to.
Alerts for potential dangers
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Get email/text notifications for issues like cyberbullying and sexual content
Apple Screen Time
Pop-up warning for messages that include nudity
YouTube restricted mode
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Keep restrictions in place no matter how YouTube is accessed while connected to Bark
Apple Screen Time
Must be manually turned on within the YouTube app and children may make changes to this setting
Child opt-out disabled
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Prevent children under 18 from opting out of Bark
Apple Screen Time
Any family member age 13 or older can remove themselves from a family group. If you have Screen Time turned on for your account, the family organizer must remove you.
Works with Androids and iPhones
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Manage all your family’s devices easily with one app
Apple Screen Time
Only works with iOS devices

With Bark, you can:

Monitor content

Manage screen time

Block websites

Track location

Our Products & Prices

Save up to 42%

Bark Jr

Our entry-level product is perfect for younger kids.

$ 5 USD /month
$ 49 USD /year with annual plan
  • Manage screen time
  • Filter which websites your kids can visit
  • Keep up with kids with location alerts and check-ins
  • Monitor texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and platforms
  • Get alerts for issues like cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, and more


How does Bark work?

Content Monitoring

Bark uses advanced machine learning and statistical analysis techniques to recognize potential problems. Simple keyword searches are not enough to detect the majority of issues, which is why our 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.” Our 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 house, create screen time schedules, and manage access to a wide variety of websites — including video streaming, gaming, adult content, and more.

How do I get started with Bark?

To get started, simply visit our sign-up page or download our app for parents (iOSAndroid). From there, you’ll be able to select the product (Bark Premium or Bark Jr) that’s right for your family and get step-by-step instructions.

If you’re interested in the Bark Phone, learn more about it and choose the plan that’s right for your family and place your order. 

As for the Bark Home, you can order one here.

How does Bark's phone monitoring app for parents compare with others?

Bark's phone monitoring app for parents not only provides comprehensive coverage for all the top apps and devices, but also takes the crucial extra step of helping families navigate the issues raised by alerts.

Here's a complete list of absolutely everything Bark monitors on every device.

How is Bark's screen time feature different from Apple Screen Time or Google Family Link?

With Bark, you can manage your children’s screen time from your own phone via the Bark app or website, regardless of whether you have an iPhone and your kids have an Android (or vice versa).

In terms of web filtering, Apple's Screen Time and Google Family Link web filters only block general content. Bark, on the other hand, breaks down a wide range of categories and exceptions to enable a more customized and refined level of protection.

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Bark was created by parents, for parents, to offer a better, easier, and more effective way to help families create healthy digital habits.