Bark - Parental Controls

Bark - Parental Controls

By Bark Technologies, Inc.

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2019-09-25
  • Current Version: 5.2.0
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 19.66 MB
  • Developer: Bark Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: iOS 12.0+
Score: 3.86
From 8,482 Ratings


Bark provides families with all the tools they need to raise kids in the digital age. Our comprehensive service lets you monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites so you can get peace of mind while your child is online. CONTENT MONITORING Bark monitors your child’s texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms for issues like cyberbullying, adult content, sexual predators, profanity, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more. Parents receive alerts only when something potentially problematic occurs online. You won’t have full access to everything on your child’s phone — just the things you might need to know about. SCREEN TIME MANAGEMENT Families can set healthy time limits and create schedules for when their children’s devices can connect to the internet (through both cell service and Wi-Fi). WEB FILTERING Our web filter lets you select which websites your child can access on their devices. You can allow or block specific sites — or even whole categories like streaming services, online gaming, sexual content, and more. BARK TESTIMONIALS • "My wife and I LOVE Bark. We've had some tough but productive conversations with our 13-year-old son. It's proving to be extremely valuable." — Josh L. • “It’s just another set of protections we as parents give our kids for the digital environment (or as my 10-year-old calls it, a “cell phone seat belt”). My oldest is a 9th grader, and while I trust her, I’ve come to realize through the alerts that some of her friends aren’t truly her friends. It’s led to some amazing conversations about choosing friends wisely and recognizing toxic people. While she wasn’t for Bark at first, she’s since said she’s grateful that I saw those messages because it reaffirmed what she was feeling but didn’t know how to verbalize without sounding sensitive.” — Bark Parent • "Bark notified me that my young daughter had unknowingly revealed her phone number to strangers on Twitter. The fact that Bark notified me was impressive and led to an informative discussion with her the same day." — Jon B. • “Since Bark alerted us to the suicidal language used in the Google doc that was being used in a chat document with a friend, we have seen both a pediatrician and a licensed counselor. We are hopeful for a positive outcome. Thanks to Bark for letting us peek into our child’s mind!” — Bark Parent • “This app is a lifesaver! It has allowed us to catch so many “red flags” in the content my kids have accessed on their devices and in their interactions with friends and other people online that I wouldn’t have ever known about otherwise. The big difference between Bark and other “Parental Control” software is that Bark allows your kids to have so much more privacy. It doesn’t show you everything they do, but sends an instant alert regarding any activity that might be concerning. Highly recommended!” — Bark Parent With Bark, you can help keep your kids safe both online and in real life. Try it out for seven days absolutely free! Our Family Online Safety Specialists are standing by to help answer any questions you may have. Email or visit to get answers and advice from the Bark Team. Terms of Use


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Time Consuming and Confusing Set Up

This is our second time attempting to use Bark. It is very confusing and time-consuming to set up. Especially each time we need to create a new account for an app for my son’s school. I wish there was an easier way.
By MishChelle


I started to set up Bark for my family and have been charged three times for the annual subscription. There is no number to call and have to wait to see if it gets corrected. Not a good start.
By Kristin Nemetz

The biggest joke

Negative star review. Why don’t I just hand the porn over to my kid now? This app doesn’t filter anything or protect my kids phone or computer. It took forever to set up, gave me a headache. Crashed my computer. And when it was all set up, porn sites were accessible on her laptop and phone, no notifications were sent to me. I sent trigger words on her texts and emails to see if I would get notifications…. Nothing. Rip off!!!! Waste of time. Save the money for anti-depressants and anxi-anxiety meds our kids are going to need for having access to the crap that’s out there at such a young age. I hate the internet.
By Smothballs22

Cant delete

I have downloaded this and I just cannot delete it please tell me how to!
By Tamelastar


Time zones effective the screen time and glitches with unblocked items
By doggggggg45

No customization and no IS support for…

There is no support on IOS for Messanger Kids, Skype, or good customization features to change accesses or filter sensitivity of content accessibility. Very disappointed with how complicated the UI is as it typically keeps pulling up article links and loops you back to trying to connect apps for the kids.
By Dlepski

Awful but works

This app ruined my child’s life. She basically couldn’t do anything without it being flagged also it made her Wi-Fi not work properly. It can also be easily uninstalled by the child. I personally am not going to use this app anymore I trust my daughter.
By sub 2 pewd

Constant issues with monitoring and backing up

I have 2 kids that I monitor and out of the 12 months I pre-paid for, my one kids phone has only been monitored for about 2 of the 12 months and the other about 7 of the 12 months. It’s constantly saying “this device hasn’t been backed up in a while” so this is not the type of app where you just “pay and go”, it’s constant work on the parents part to make sure the kids devices are being monitored and backed up. When I reached out to tech support, they acted like it was some common/easy fix and it wasn’t. I ended up being on the phone with support for 45 min. The problem got fixed for about a month and I’m back here again with the same issue.
By Cleskermcclousker

I wish we had this sooner!

Bark has alerted us to many issues including bullying, unwelcomed flirting and suicidal friends. I wish we had installed this sooner to be better advocates for what our children are facing these days. We tried monitoring devices but this saves so much time. (Even graphics are scanned which “wowed” us.) There is a bit of a learning curve to adjust to your needs but I can’t thank this app and it’s developers enough for helping us be better parents and helping us to be aware of technology that sneaks into kids devices. Worth EVERY penny each month.
By MrsMTexas


this app shouldn’t exist and should just let their kid grow up. don’t use this app especially if your kid is in high school.
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