How to Talk With Your Kid About Bark

How to Talk to Younger Kids (ages 6-9)

Conversation Starters for Younger Kids

How to Talk to Tweens (ages 10-13)

Conversation Starters for Tweens

How to Talk to Teens (ages 14-17)

Conversation Starters for Teens

Questions Your Kid May Have

What does Bark do?

Bark is a parental control app that helps your parents keep an eye on what you’re getting into online — without giving them full access to what’s on your phone. Our technology scans your online activities, but only sends alerts when potential issues arise. We know the difference between comments like U GOT A NEW PUPPY! OMG I HATE U! and wow, ur such a loser, everyone at school hates u on an Instagram post.

Do my parents see everything I post?

Absolutely not! The vast majority of what you share, text, email, or post on social media will never be seen by your parents. On an average day, less than 0.02% of the activities Bark monitors trigger alerts. We think this is a lot better than having your parents read everything you post, text, or tweet.

Does Bark save my passwords?

When you enter your usernames and passwords, you’re only allowing Bark to monitor your accounts and nothing else. We don’t save them, and we never share them with your parents.

What kinds of things does Bark look for?

Every family is different, so Bark monitors for many types of issues and allows families to customize their alert settings to focus on the ones that make the most sense. Most parents get Bark to detect serious, potentially life-threatening issues like cyberbullying, online predators, depression, and more, so they can help you when you need them.

What if I can take care of myself online?

Cellphones are a big part of growing up today, and it’s important for you to learn how to safely use them. And while you might be responsible online, other people might have bad intentions. It’s not always your activities that worry your parents, but those of others who might want to hurt you. Think of Bark as a digital safety net. You’re free to be yourself online, and your parents get peace of mind knowing that you’re better protected.

What Other Parents Say

Insight and conversation starters

“Best of all, the conversations we have regarding Bark alerts give me insight into my child’s world and his relationships.”


Dave C.
Dad of 4

A huge weight lifted

“It was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when stumbling across the Bark app.”


Jenna U.
Mom of 3

Greater peace of mind

“With Bark alerts, I now have peace of mind that my kids devices are safe and I don’t have to look at everything.”


Brett K.
Dad of 3

Contact Bark’s expert support team to schedule a personal session 

where you and your child can speak to one of our Family Online Safety Specialists.

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