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 a child or profile quickly
- How to manage a child or profile's settings
- How to set schedules for a child or profile
- 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
Quickly Manage a Child or Profile
STEP 2: Scroll down to the child or profile 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 Bark 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 device, add a monitored app, add an exception, or request a check-in.
How to Manage a Child or Profile's Settings
Monitoring Sensitivity Settings
Here you can adjust the sensitivity of alerts for things like Bullying, Depression, Sexual Content, and more. Click here to review a guide with more information.
Devices and apps
This is where you can set a schedule, rules for particular times of the day, and more.
You have the ability to customize the child's weekday and weekend 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. Weekdays are Monday-Friday, while weekends are Saturday and Sunday.
- Bedtime: Limit device usage when it’s time for lights out. You can also customize what kids can access during Bedtime. Because Sunday nights are "school nights" and Friday nights are "weekend nights," the weekdays for Bedtime are Sunday-Thursday, while the weekends for Bedtime are Friday and Saturday.
- 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. Weekdays are Monday-Friday, while weekends are Saturday and Sunday.
- Free time: Dedicated time to use devices just for fun. Weekdays are Monday-Friday, while weekends are Saturday and Sunday. 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.”
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.
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.
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: