How Bark Works

Curious about how Bark works? Learn about our parental control features, including content monitoring, screen time management, and web filtering.

Content Monitoring

Bark monitors texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms for signs of issues like cyberbullying, sexual content, online predators, depression, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more.

You can get email and text alerts when Bark detects potential issues so you can talk to your child and make sure everything is OK.

How Bark Works: Step by Step

1. Connect

Connect to 30+ platforms to monitor text messages, emails, and social activity for signs of harmful interactions and content. Click here for an overview of what Bark monitors.

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2. Detect

Bark runs quietly in the background in search of issues that might indicate that something is wrong in your child’s online world.

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3. Alert

Get automatic alerts via email and text when Bark’s algorithms detect potential risks, so you don’t have to comb through every post and text.

Screen Time and Web Filtering

Families can manage when their kids can access the internet on their devices, as well as which sites they’re able to visit.

You can set bedtimes and block access to a wide variety of websites — including streaming, gaming, and adult content, and more.

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1. Download the App

Install our companion app for kids onto your child’s iOS or Android device.

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2. Set Healthy Limits

Set bedtimes for each child and pause internet access whenever they need downtime.

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3. Customize Filters

Select from 17 different website categories or decide as a family which specific sites to block or allow.

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4. Get Notified

Receive alerts if your child attempts to visit a blocked site containing sexual content.

Ready to get started?

Now that you know how Bark works, take the next step! Bark was created by parents, for parents, to offer a better, easier, and more effective way to help families create healthy digital habits.

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