We're on a mission to protect every student in all schools across America for free — so we asked our partner schools and districts what they would like to see developed.
As a part of this mission, we've developed the Bark for Chrome extension for monitoring student browsing activity within Chrome. This extension is not a filter — it does not prohibit traffic, but it will alert you to worrisome web browsing.
If you'd rather deploy one of our web filters, check out this article instead.
What I can expect to be monitored:
Page titles and Google searches
STEP 1: Log in to your administrator-level account on G Suite.
STEP 2: Select Devices.
STEP 3: Click on Chrome Management on the left-hand side.
STEP 4: Select Apps & extensions.
STEP 5: Select the OU(s) that contain the students you wish to enable the extensions for — bear in mind that the top-level OU will force those related sub-OU's to inherit the extension.
Also, keep in mind that the web filter will be properly deployed if you're selecting OUs that have student Gmail accounts within them. The extension will not work properly if you're deploying to OUs that only contain devices.
5a. Click on the yellow + symbol on the bottom right.
5b. Select Add from Chrome Web Store.
5c. Search Bark and click on Select to install the Bark for Chrome extension for that OU.
STEP 6: Click on the Installation Policy for the Bark for Chrome extension to Force Install.
STEP 7: If you wish to turn on the Bark for Chrome extension for OUs that were not part of the first tree, please repeat steps 5 - 7.
How do I know it's working?
It will take some time after the first-time setup for Bark to start processing web activity.
What Bark for School produces on student browsing activity falls in line with how we alert on other applications: we will only display data that is concerning, inappropriate, or potentially harmful.
The results from Chrome monitoring issues can be found alongside the rest of the issues under the Review Issues page, and it will have a Chrome icon designated to it:
Students will also notice a Bark dog on the top right of their Chrome browser when logged in with their student account:
Additional Resources for Schools
Need help ensuring that your students are set up for success while they’re using their devices? Bark for Schools has created helpful resources so you can fully optimize your G Suite settings for remote and classroom learning. Check out our G Suite Remote Readiness Guide to find out what you can do to promote a safer and more productive educational environment. Complete with a set of Chromebook resources for schools, this comprehensive guide will help you deploy your technology. Whether your school has been using Chromebooks for a while or you’re brand new to them, Bark for Schools has got your back.
For additional information on Google's available tools for managing users on your organizational units, check out this resource.
How do I reach the Bark for Schools team?
We have an incredible team behind the scenes here at Bark. For technical questions, we can be reached here.