Bark vs uMobix

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Bark vs. uMobix
Screen time schedules
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Bark
Set custom rules for school time, bedtime, and free time
uMobix
uMobix is a spy app and doesn’t let you set screen time schedules
Blocking
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Bark
Block specific sites and apps or choose from 19 categories, including adult content, gaming, and streaming sites — all on any browser
uMobix
Block websites and apps
Anytime internet pausing
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Bark
Disable the internet whenever needed — no matter where your kids are
uMobix
You can disable many features but not necessarily the entire entire internet all at once
Content monitoring
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Bark
Scans online activities like texts, emails, and social media platforms for concerning content
uMobix
uMobix gives you access to everythings on your child’s device, but you have to look for issues yourself
Alerts for potential dangers
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Bark
Get email/text notifications for issues like cyberbullying and sexual content
uMobix
Get informed when the battery is dying. Receive notification when the child is online. Get updates about activity on social apps. Receive alerts for new calls & messages.
YouTube restricted mode
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Bark
Keep restrictions in place no matter how YouTube is accessed while connected to Bark
uMobix
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Location tracking
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Bark
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
uMobix
Get accurate real-time location updates along with visited places history
Spyware
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Bark
Bark only alerts you to potential issues so you can save time and help protect your child while also building trust
uMobix
uMobix 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

Save up to 42%

Bark Jr

Our entry-level product is perfect for younger kids.

$ 5 USD /month
$ 49 USD /year with annual plan
Features
  • 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

FAQs

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.

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.

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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.