Website Blocking for Families

A website blocking app can help you create positive guidelines for your child’s tech use to help them grow up to be a strong, empowered digital citizen. Bark gives you customizable options to fit your kid’s unique needs.

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Real-Life Use Cases

It can sometimes be tricky to know exactly how a website blocking app can help your family. These examples show real ways they support kids' well-being.

Mental Health

Melanie R. blocks Instagram from her 13-year-old daughter’s phone to help reduce the anxiety she feels when her friends are hanging out without her.

Sexual Content

Dave P. wants to make sure that Mark, his 14-year-old, learns about sex from him, rather than from the internet, so he blocks sexual content from Mark’s devices.

Disordered Eating

YouTube videos that promote disordered eating have harmed 12-year-old Isabella in the past, so Tasha supports her health by blocking the platform.

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How to Talk About Content Filtering

Kids can sometimes feel frustrated when you put content filtering in place. Here are some suggestions for how to talk about your decision.

  • “I’m blocking adult websites from your phone because I want to make sure you get accurate information about sex and relationships. I’m here to help you learn about it!”
  • “I know you’ve run into some scary stuff on Omegle in the past, so I’m going to turn that off for now so you don’t have to worry about that happening again.”
  • “Which apps do you think benefit you the most? Which do you think negatively affect you?”
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Website Blocking FAQs

How can a web blocking app benefit your child?

Using a web blocking app can benefit your kid in a number of ways! You can use it to block content that harms their mental health, give them back time to enjoy screen-free activities, help them avoid misinformation, and much more.

How does Bark's content filtering work?

Bark's content filtering feature lets you customize the sites and apps allowed on your child's devices. You can insert a specific site you'd like to restrict, or choose from our 19 different curated categories.

How customizable is Bark's website blocking app?

Bark's website blocking app gives you comprehensive customization options! You can manually input specific websites and apps or use our pre-built categories to make it simple. Every single item can be toggled on or off as you choose. You can also create exceptions within each, if needed.

What can Bark's website blocking app do?

Bark's web blocking app allows you to choose which sites and apps your child can access, and when. You can restrict specific sites (like Netflix) or whole categories (like streaming services). You can also create exceptions within each, if needed.