Managing Screen Time Rules

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To learn more about Bark's Screen Time & Web Filtering see here.
To set up Bark's Screen Time & Filtering on your child's device, click our guides below for your child's device:

iOS

Android

 

How to Manage Your Child's Rules Quickly

STEP 1: Log in to your Bark dashboard on your mobile parent app or via bark.us on a browser.

STEP 2: Scroll down to the child you'd like to manage settings for.

 

Here, you will see an option to Pause the child on the top right. This blocks all internet activity on all of the child's devices.

NOTE: Even when paused, the VPN on your child's device still allows communication over the local network, meaning Wi-Fi backups to a computer and Wi-Fi printing are still able to happen uninterrupted.

You can also select the ... menu and quickly add a Screen Time device, add a monitored app, add an exception, or request a check-in.

 

How to Manage Your Child's Settings

 

When clicking into an individual child's Settings, you will see the following screen. Below we will go over each option.

 

Devices and apps

Here you can see all of the devices and apps you've set up for monitoring for this child.

 

 

Parental controls

This is where you can set a schedule, rules for particular times of the day, and more.

 

Schedules

You have the ability to customize the child's Weekday (Sun-Thurs) and Weekend (Fri-Sat) schedule with categorical blocks that have unique rules.

  • Default rules -- previously known as “Daily Rules,” the default app and web filters when another rule isn’t currently applied.
  • Bedtime -- Limit device usage when it’s time for lights out. You can also customize what kids can access during Bedtime.
  • School time -- Limit what can be accessed during the school day. You can even schedule this block to fit your use-case as well as what apps/sites they need to access during 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 child to access social media after he’s done with his homework.”
 

Rules

When you set the rules, you have the option to allow or block whole categories (e.g. Social Media) or particular apps (e.g. Zoom).

 

We also offer Safe Search at the bottom of the rules list.

  • When enabled, this feature gets locked in on your child's Screen Time device and filters explicit search results on Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo search engines. You can also enable Safe Search (known as Restricted Mode) for Youtube search results.

 

Instead of 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, but go into Exceptions and allow game123.com specifically, then all games will be blocked except game123.com.
 

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.

 

Monitoring Sensitivity Settings

Here you can adjust the sensitivity of alerts for things like Cyberbullying, Profanity, Violence, and more. Click here to review a guide with more information.

 

Need additional assistance?

Don't hesitate to reach out to us at help@bark.us.