Bark vs McAfee

Compare the Features

Bark vs McAfee
Create custom screen time schedules
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Set custom rules for school time, bedtime, and free time, plus create different schedules for any day of the week
Create flexible screen time rules
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Block specific sites and apps or choose from 19 categories, including adult content, gaming, and streaming sites Works equally well on iOS and Android
Block inappropriate apps and websites
Content monitoring
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Scans text messages, emails, photos, videos, and 30+ apps and social media platforms on children’s phones, tablets, and Chromebooks
Does not offer content monitoring
Alerts for sexual content, cyberbullying, depression, online predators, and more
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Alerts are sent for worrisome content across 18 different categories
Only provides location alerts
Add unlimited devices and kids
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$49/year for unlimited devices with screen time, web filtering, and location tracking

$99/year for content monitoring, screen time, web filtering, and location tracking for as many kids and devices as your family needs
$49.99/year or $7.99/month for unlimited devices with screen time management, location tracking, and app and website blocking
Anytime internet pausing
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Disable the internet whenever needed — no matter where your kids are
Not available with McAfee
Child opt-out disabled
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Prevent children under 18 from opting out of Bark
No uninstall protection
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
Locate them on a live map and receive automated notifications when they enter or leave familiar places like a school or the library

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

Ready to get started?

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


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.

Bark vs McAfee: Which is the better parental control app?

While both offer screen time management, Bark's website blocking, content monitoring and alerts, and competitive pricing all make it a better option.

Between Bark vs McAfee, which is the better deal?

Bark offers critical features that McAfee does not, making it the best, most comprehensive option for your family.

Comparing Bark vs McAfee, which has better website blocking?

Bark allows you to block specific websites and apps as well as 19 categories, including adult content, gaming, and streaming sites. It works equally well on iOS and Android.

McAfee's app blocking is available for Android and iOS, but website blocking is only available for Android.