To learn more about Bark's Screen Time & Web Filtering see here.
You can find the following topics in this article. Click on one to jump right to it:
- How to block an app / site
- How to allow an app / site
- How to pause the internet for a child or profile
- How to manage screen time devices
- How to set schedules for a child or profile
- What is the difference between rulesets?
- How to apply a temporary override to a schedule
- How to enforce SafeSearch for a child or profile
- How to add exceptions for an app / site
- How to review recently blocked activity for troubleshooting
- How to report a miscategorized app / site
- How to test whether your rules working
How to Manage Screen Time & Web Filtering Rules
STEP 2: Scroll down to the child or profile you'd like to manage settings for, and select Screen Time.
STEP 3: At the top, you'll be able to select Devices, Schedule, Rules, Switch, and Pause. Below we'll go over each option in detail.
If you notice a red exclamation mark ❗ by a device, click on the device for steps to fix it.
In this section, you have the ability to customize the child's daily schedules with blocks that have unique rules. You can adjust your view to see the schedule from a Weekly perspective or the Daily perspective. Use the Daily view and click + on the top to add a new scheduled ruleset (e.g. School Time, Bedtime). Then, use the Weekly view for a summary of the child's resulting schedule.
Below is an example:
Add or remove rulesets whenever you need!
- ⬜️ Default rules : The default ruleset when another ruleset isn’t currently applied / scheduled.
- 🟦 Bedtime: Limit device usage when it’s time for lights out. Customize what kids can access during Bedtime.
- 🟩 School time: Limit what can be accessed during the school day. Customize the apps/sites they need for school, like Zoom.
- 🟨 Free time: Dedicated time to use devices just for fun. Example use cases:
a) “I only want my child to have access to social media for an hour a day.”
b) “I only want my children to access social media after they're done with their homework.”
We also offer Safe Search at the bottom of the rules list.
After adjusting rules for the categories and apps, you may need to add specific Exceptions.
- Here you can further allow or block specific websites for this child. This supersedes the rules you've already set for categories. In other words, if you block the Games category under Filters, but go into Exceptions and allow game123.com, then all games will be blocked except game123.com.
Recently Blocked Activity
We also have the Recently Blocked Activity section for troubleshooting.
- For example, if your child asks "Why is Bark blocking this site?", you should navigate to this page, click on the site that was blocked and review why it was blocked. You can even allow it right away if needed.
Report Miscategorized Site / App
To report a miscategorized site or app, select More info under the recently blocked site/app. You will then see something like this, explaining why it was blocked:
You can then click on Tell us where you think it belongs, add a comment, and pick what category you think it should be:
Testing Screen Time Rules
Switch Screen Time Rules
The Switch button at the top allows you to add a temporary override to the current screen time rules applied for this child or profile.
For example, let's say that Charlie needs more time to focus on his homework. I may want to temporarily switch them to School Rules. I'd do so by selecting Screen Time > Switch. In the pop-up, I'd then select School, and enter in what time I'd like this temporary override to end. Below is an example:
If Charlie finishes their homework earlier than I had planned for, I can go to their schedule, find the override at the top, and select the trashcan to delete it. It'll then fall back to Charlie's original schedule!
Pause the Internet
When you select Pause under a child's screen time settings, you are pausing the internet on their devices. In other words, you are blocking all internet access. To learn more about the Pause feature, reference this guide: Pausing the Internet