Bark: The Best iPad Parental Control App

The Most Comprehensive Parental Control App for iPad

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 19 categories, including adult content, gaming, and streaming sites
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 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

A World-Class iPad Parental Control App

The Best iPad Parental Control App for Insights

Do you know what “bussin” means? Are you familiar with the surprising way kids use the 🍝 emoji? Can you tell what’s going on with your child all the time? 

It can be really tough to know when your kid is struggling, or to even know the surprising meanings of the emoji slang they send their friends. 

Bark can show you patterns in your kid’s online activities and alert you if something may be wrong — even if they use Gen Z slang to express it!


What can an iPad parental control app do?

Bark's parental control app can monitor iPads, let you set screen time limits, block apps and websites, and much more. Start your free, 7-day trial today.

What is the best iPad parental control app?

We believe Bark provides the most iPad coverage of any parental control tool! It’s also a great alternative to Apple Screen Time because it lets parents get more granular with screen time limits and blocking.

If your kid has an iPhone or iPad, Bark lets you:

  • Monitor texts and saved photos & videos
  • Monitor 30+ social media platforms and apps
  • Manage screen time
  • Block websites and apps
  • Track location in real time
How do I use a parental control app for iPads?

Once you sign up for Bark, you’ll connect your child's iPhone and add social media accounts and apps. Then, you’ll be able to receive alerts, set time limits, block websites, and more. With Bark, you’ll manage everything from your own phone or through a web browser.

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.

More Resources

9 Reasons Bark is Great for iOS Families

Monitoring iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches With Bark

How to Put Restrictions on iPhone Devices

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