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.
For the Bark extension to properly monitor the web browsing on the Microsoft Edge browser on your child's computer, remember to connect the email accounts that your child uses to Bark. To connect these email accounts (like Gmail or Outlook), check out this article.
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. The new version of Edge that supports Chrome extensions has this icon:
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.
NOTE: When it comes to monitoring Gmail accounts created for those under 13 years old, for some reason, Google can restrict any third-party connection, which includes Bark. You can see what birthday you've set for your child's Google account, inside of the Google account settings. For instructions on connecting a Gmail to Bark, see here.
STEP 7: Select Allow extensions from other stores in the banner at the top of the page.
- 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
- Check-mark the In-Private option. This allows Bark to monitor your child's web browsing even when they are in incognito / private mode.
STEP 9: Hide the Bark extension from the address bar (optional).
While we encourage parents and kids to have discussions about Bark, we understand the desire to keep the Bark extension somewhat hidden.
To do so, click on the Bark extension, and click Move to Menu.
STEP 10: Browse 5 - 10 webpages on your child's Microsoft Edge browser so that the extension can start analyzing web browsing activities and reflect on your Bark dashboard.
Now, you're all done!
The Bark extension is now installed and actively monitoring web browsing on Microsoft Edge 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 1: After the first time setup of the Bark extension, Edge web browsing activities analyzed may take some time to reflect on your Bark dashboard.
NOTE 2: When it comes to monitoring Gmail accounts created for those under 13 years old, for some reason, Google can restrict any third-party connection, which includes Bark. You can see what birthday you've set for your child's Google account, inside of the Google account settings. For instructions on connecting a Gmail to Bark, see here.
How do I know it's monitoring?
If Bark is monitoring your child's Edge browsing on their computer, you should see a Chrome icon on the list of connected devices and accounts for that child on your dashboard:
Reviewing Alerts Found
If Bark detects instances of cyberbullying, sexual content, self-harm, or other worrisome content in your child's saved photos and videos on their Chromebook, we will send you a notification.
Learn more here about what makes Bark's content monitoring unique.
Need additional help?
Bark Support is here for you! Don't hesitate to reach out to us, and we'll be happy to assist.