This article is for Bark subscribers whose subscription plan includes content monitoring. If you'd like to set up screen time & web filtering on a computer, gaming console, etc., you will need Bark Home.
STEP 1: Log in as your child on their computer.
STEP 2: Make sure you have the latest version of Edge by downloading it from microsoft.com/edge.
STEP 3: Sign into Edge with your child's email account.
- To sign in with an email account, click the top right circle in Edge > select Sign In > sign in with your child's Microsoft account.
If your child's account is already signed in, proceed to the next step.
STEP 4: Connect your child's email account(s) to Bark for monitoring on your dashboard.
This is an important step in getting the web browsing monitoring set up because it allows our system to identify your child's web browser as their own.
- If the email ends in @gmail.com or uses Gmail to view the inbox, select Gmail.
- If the email ends in @outlook.com or uses Outlook to view the inbox, select Outlook.
STEP 7: Search Bark, find Bark for Microsoft Edge, and select Get.
- 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.
- Click on the Bark dog at the top right > Manage Extensions
- Enable the Allow in In-Private option. This allows Bark to monitor your child's web browsing even when they are in incognito / private mode.
STEP 8: Return to the Edge Add-ons Store on your child's Microsoft Edge browser.
STEP 9: Search Bark for Microsoft Edge Watchdog, find it in the results, and select Get.
STEP 11: Enable the Allow in In-Private option.
This allows Bark to monitor your child's web browsing even when they are in incognito / private mode.
STEP 12: Browse 5 - 10 webpages on your child's Microsoft Edge browser so that Bark can start analyzing web browsing activities and reflect on your Bark dashboard. Any sites will do!
STEP 13: Hide the extensions from the address bar (optional).
While we encourage parents and kids to have discussions about Bark, we understand the desire to keep the Bark extensions somewhat hidden.
To do so, click on each of the two Bark extensions, and click Move to Menu.
STEP 14: Repeat the steps above for any other children, if applicable.
For example, if the computer is a shared device that has different logins (e.g. Bob has a profile, Renee has a profile, etc) then you'll want to log out as the child you've just set up and log in as the new child you still need to set up. Then, follow the steps above to set up the Chrome extension on the other child's user profile.
STEP 15 (optional, but recommended): Disable Guest Mode and InPrivate Mode on Edge.
Guest Mode is a feature on the Edge browser that allows someone to browse the web without being signed in to an account. Because Bark's Edge monitoring follows your child's account, disabling guest mode ensures Bark will be monitoring your child's Edge web browsing on their computer.
In addition, InPrivate Mode is a way to browse the web without it saving your web browsing history. Though our extensions can monitor websites browsed in InPrivate Mode, you can also just turn off that mode entirely.
Each platform has different steps for disabling these two modes, so we've put together guides for Windows and Mac:
You are now monitoring web browsing and searches on your child's Microsoft Edge browser going forward.
Remember to connect the Google or Microsoft accounts that your child uses on the computer to Bark. To connect these accounts (like Outlook and Gmail), check out this article.
NOTE: After the first-time setup of the Bark extensions, Edge web browsing may take some time to reflect on your Bark dashboard.
- Consider talking to your child about why the Bark extensions should remain installed on their Edge browser. We will also alert you in the event we detect that either of the extensions were uninstalled.
- Consider setting up the built-in Windows 10 Parental Controls.
- For greatest protection while your child accesses the web and other apps on their computer, consider purchasing the Bark Home, which allows you to filter the web, set up screen time schedules, and block apps/sites on any computer or internet device in your home.
How do I know if monitoring is working?
If Bark is monitoring your child's Edge browsing on their computer, you should see an Edge icon on the list of connected devices and accounts for that child when you click View Profile for the child:
Reviewing Alerts Found
If Bark detects instances of bullying, sexual content, self-harm, or other worrisome content in your child's Edge web browsing, we will send you an alert.
Learn more here about what makes Bark's content monitoring unique.
Will I get alerted if the extension is removed?
Yes! As of May 2021, we have introduced uninstall alerts for both extensions. If we detect either extension has been removed, we will alert you! Here's an example of what that alert may look like in your dashboard: