How to Monitor a Google Chromebook

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If your subscription plan only includes Screen Time and Web Filtering, then you may wish to upgrade today to get your child's Chromebook monitored!

If your subscription plan includes content monitoring, there are two parts to monitoring Google Chromebooks, listed below as Part A and Part B. We have instructions and a walk-through video for both!

Part A: Set up monitoring of web browsing

Reference this video as you follow the text directions included below for the Bark for Chrome extension:

 

STEP 1: Access your child's Chromebook and log in with your child's user account.
NOTE: If they have multiple user accounts they use to log in to the Chromebook, repeat these steps on the other user account(s).

 

STEP 2: Open the Google Chrome Web Browser.

It will look like this in your bottom taskbar:

 

 
STEP 3: Navigate to the Chrome Web Store on your child's Google Chrome browser.

 

STEP 4: Search Bark, find Bark for Chrome, click on it, and select Add to Chrome.

  • At the prompt showing permissions required by the extension, review the permissions, and select the Add extension button. You'll see a final prompt confirming the extension has been added.

 

STEP 5: Turn on Bark monitoring for incognito browsing.

  • Click on the Bark for Chrome extension and select Manage Extensions

 
  • Toggle on Allow in Incognito in the extension details page:
    (if present, toggle on Allow access to file URLs as well)
 

STEP 6: Hide or Unpin the Bark extension from the address bar (optional).

While we encourage parents and kids to have discussions about Bark, we understand the need to keep the Bark extension somewhat hidden.

To do so, click on the Bark extension, and click Hide in Chrome menu or Unpin:

 

STEP 7: Browse 5 - 10 webpages on your child's Chrome browser so that the extension can start analyzing web browsing activities going forward and reflect on your Bark dashboard, as in the example below:

NOTE: It may take some time after the first-time setup for the Chrome extension to reflect on your Bark dashboard.

 

Best Practices

  • Repeat these steps on any other child profiles on the Chromebook, if applicable.
  • Consider talking to your child about Bark and why the Bark for Chrome extension needs to remain installed.
  • Connect the Google accounts that your child uses to Bark for monitoring. To get started monitoring Gmail and Google Drive, check out this article.

Let only certain people sign in to the Chromebook:

  1. Sign in to the Chromebook with the owner account.
    NOTE: You may wish to make the owner account the parental account that only you have the password for, so that your child cannot edit these settings later.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time.
  3. Select Settings gear icon.
  4. In the "People" section, select Manage other people.
  5. Turn off "Enable Guest browsing." When guest browsing is turned off, users need to sign in with their Google Accounts to use your Chromebook, and below we'll restrict sign-in to only your child's account(s). This ensures your child cannot sign in with additional accounts to get around monitoring.
  6. Turn on "Restrict sign-in to the following users."
  7. You'll see a list of all the Google Accounts on your Chromebook. You can add or remove accounts from this list. We recommend just restricting it to the account(s) that have already been set up with the Bark monitoring described above.

NOTE: If you’re using a Chromebook issued from your school, you may be unable to turn guest browsing on or off. For more information on guest browsing, you will need to contact your school's IT administrator.

 

 

Part B: Set up monitoring of the Chromebook's photos and videos

NOTE: If you are on a subscription plan that includes content monitoring and your child's Chromebook does not support the Google Play Store, then you only need to do Part A above! To check if your child's Chromebook supports the Google Play Store, see here.

Reference this video as you follow the text directions included below for the Bark for Chromebooks app:

 

STEP 1: Click on the clock on the bottom right.

 

STEP 2: Select the gear icon to access the device Settings.

 

STEP 3: Type "play store" in the Settings search bar, or scroll down until you find Google Play Store.

NOTE 1: If you don't see this option, your Chromebook doesn't work with Android apps.
NOTE 2: If the "Turn On" option is greyed out, you may be using a managed school or work Google account. Signing in with a personal Google account will allow you to turn it on. 

 

STEP 4: Turn On the Google Play Store:

  • In the window that appears, select More.
  • You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms of Service. When you’ve read and agreed, select I Agree.

 

STEP 5: Click on the bottom left O symbol and open the Play Store app from your app list. It has this icon:

 

 

STEP 6: Search Bark for Chromebooks in the top search bar of the Play Store.

 

STEP 7: Install the Bark for Chromebooks app onto your child's Chromebook.

 

STEP 8: Open the Bark for Chromebooks app.

  • Click the O symbol on your bottom left.
  • Find the Bark for Chromebooks app in the app list.
    The app icon will look like this:

NOTE: You may have to click on the ^ arrow to see all installed apps.


STEP 9: Enter your parent credentials and select Get Started.

 

STEP 10: Follow the on-screen instructions to allow permissions.

You will see several screens that will ask for permission to monitor your child's device. Some of these prompts are only surfaced to those on subscription plans that include content monitoring.

  • Select the child's name that uses this Chromebook or select Add Another Child to add a new child to your Bark account.
  • Select Connect on the next prompt.
  • Click Allow on the following few prompts.
  • Check Don't Show Again on the following prompts and click Start Now.
  • Click the screen preview (1) and then click Share (2) on the bottom right.
  • Select Open Settings when prompted.

 

STEP 11: Enable Bark in the Accessibility Settings that appear.

  • After ensuring Bark is turned on, click the top left arrow a couple of times to go back to the Bark for Chromebooks app. Otherwise, you can also open the Bark for Chromebooks app from your app list in the bottom left O symbol
  • Find the Bark for Chromebooks app in the app list. The app icon will look like this:

NOTE: You may have to click on the ^ arrow to see all installed apps.

 

STEP 9: If your subscription plan includes content monitoring, tap on the bottom right gear icon > Test Monitoring. Otherwise, skip this step.

Descriptions of other settings:

  • Upload over Wi-Fi only: If your child's Chromebook has a cellular plan and needs to conserve cellular data use, then you may consider turning on the setting of "Upload over Wi-Fi only." Otherwise, leave disabled.
  • Test monitoring: If you want to make sure the Chromebook monitoring is set up properly, tap on "Test monitoring." A message will then pop up letting you know if it looks good!

NOTE: Do NOT logout of the Bark for Chromebooks app, or monitoring will be impacted.

 

Now you're done!

From your Bark parent dashboard, you will now see the Chromebook under your child on your home page.

You have now made sure your child's Chromebook is monitoring its saved photos and videos.

Even if the Bark for Chromebooks application is X-ed out or not on the bottom taskbar, rest assured that it is monitoring.

 

Best Practices

  • Repeat these steps on any other child profiles on the Chromebook, if applicable.
  • Consider talking to your child about Bark and why the Bark for Chromebooks app needs to remain installed.
  • Connect the Google accounts that your child uses to Bark for monitoring. To get started monitoring Gmail and Google Drive, check out this article.

 

Let only certain people sign in to the Chromebook:

  1. Sign in to the Chromebook with the owner account.
    NOTE: You may wish to make the owner account the parental account that only you have the password for, so that your child cannot edit these settings later.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time.
  3. Select Settings gear icon.
  4. In the "People" section, select Manage other people.
  5. Turn off "Enable Guest browsing." When guest browsing is turned off, users need to sign in with their Google Accounts to use your Chromebook, and below we'll restrict sign-in to only your child's account(s). This ensures your child cannot sign in with additional accounts to get around monitoring.
  6. Turn on "Restrict sign-in to the following users."
  7. You'll see a list of all the Google Accounts on your Chromebook. You can add or remove accounts from this list. We recommend just restricting it to the account(s) that have already been set up with the Bark monitoring described above.

NOTE: If you’re using a Chromebook issued from your school, you may be unable to turn guest browsing on or off. For more information on guest browsing, you will need to contact your school's IT administrator.

 

Reviewing Alerts Found

If Bark detects instances of cyberbullying, sexual content, self-harm, or other worrisome content in your child's saved photos and videos on their Chromebook, we will send you a notification.

Learn more here about what makes Bark's content monitoring unique.

 

Need additional assistance?

If you're having any issues with setting up your child's Chromebook, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.