Bark vs Hoverwatch

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Bark vs. Hoverwatch
Create custom screen time schedules
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Set custom rules for school time, bedtime, and free time
No scheduling features available
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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
No blocking features available
Anytime internet pausing
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Disable the internet whenever needed — no matter where your kids are
No anytime internet pausing
Content monitoring
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Scans online activities like texts, emails, and social media platforms for concerning content
There’s no advanced technology scanning for hidden issues, but Hoverwatch gives you access to everything on your child’s phone to sift through
Alerts for potential dangers
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Get email/text notifications for issues like cyberbullying and sexual content
No alerts sent
YouTube restricted mode
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Keep restrictions in place no matter how YouTube is accessed while connected to Bark
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Child opt-out disabled
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Prevent children under 18 from opting out of Bark
Spyware app is undetected
Location tracking
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Check your child’s location in real time on a map

Receive location alerts when child arrives or leaves pre-set locations

Get your child’s exact location with check-ins
Track cell phone on a detailed map online

Identify location even when regular GPS tracker is unavailable

Access all phone location information directly from your Control Panel
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Bark only alerts you to potential issues so you can save time and help protect your child while also building trust
Hoverwatch gives you full access to everything on your child’s phone, creating a lot of work while potentially destroying trust

With Bark, you can:

Monitor content

Manage screen time

Block websites

Track location

Our Products & Prices

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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


What is phone spyware?

Phone spyware consists of programs that are installed on devices that records information with or without the user’s knowledge. This can look like complete access to messages and call logs, photos, and more. Some spyware programs will take screenshots periodically of the phone and send them to the spyware owner. Other programs can allow you to tune into the phone and hear what’s going on in the background.

How is Bark different from spyware?

Bark strikes the perfect balance between monitoring your child’s phone and giving them privacy to learn about growing up with a digital device. You don’t get unfettered access to everything on their phone, but you will get alerts about potential dangers like online predators, sexting, depression, and more. This way, you can see the concerning message, but you won’t have to wade through hundreds of Fortnite memes or texts about baseball practice.

Does spyware destroy trust?

If your parents ever looked through your pen-and-paper journal growing up or secretly listened to one of your phone calls, you know how spying can breed resentment. And while parents are responsible for their child’s safety — and phones can be extremely dangerous — there’s a happy medium between outright spying and making sure everything’s okay. Spyware programs simply encourage kids to find alternate ways to talk to their friends, which can cause problems in another way. 

Bark helps you build trust by allowing your child to learn how to safely use their phone while also giving them a digital safety net that centers you as the go-to person for help.

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.

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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.