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How does Bark keep my child safer on Safari?

On all subscription plans, Bark can enforce screen time (also known as on-the-go web filtering) on many iOS devices when they install the Bark Kids app. This includes blocking and allowing particular sites on Safari (or any web browser)whether they're on Wi-Fi or cellular data! To set up your child's iOS device with on-the-go screen time & web filtering, click here.

On the Bark Premium subscription plan, Bark can also monitor your child's iOS device for signs of potential danger. This goes beyond blocking sites by analyzing web searches and web browsing for worrisome content, and thus alerting you in the case there's something alarming. While Bark can monitor the Chrome web browsing, text messages, and photos on many iOS devices when they're analyzed by the Bark Desktop App, this currently doesn't include Safari due to Apple's encryption. Keep in mind that Safari can still be filtered by setting up the Bark Kids app on the child's iOS device, but it just can't be monitored for signs of potential danger at this time. Thus, you may want to consider one of the options below for dealing with this slight limitation with iOS content monitoring.

(What is the difference between web filtering and content monitoring?)

How to block Safari with Apple's Screen Time

The encryption of Safari data is not something Apple is planning to change in the near future, so we recommend using Apple's Screen Time to restrict access to Safari. To disable Safari on your child's iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time on your child's iOS device.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Tap Allowed Apps.
  4. Enter your Screen Time passcode.
    NOTE: This should be a passcode that only you (the parent/guardian) would know.
  5. Tap the toggle button next to Safari to disable or block the app. 

How to disable Safari's Incognito Mode with Apple's Screen Time

If you’re OK with your child still using Safari, we recommend disabling incognito mode. If this is what you'd like to do, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time on your child's iOS device.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Tap Content Restrictions.
  4. Enter your Screen Time passcode.
    NOTE: This should be a passcode that only you (the parent/guardian) would know.
  5. Tap Web Content.
  6. Tap Limit Adult Websites.

How to change the default browser to Chrome with Apple's Screen Time

Bark can analyze the web searches and web browsing on Chrome for worrisome content via the Bark Desktop App. For this reason, you may wish to make Chrome the default browser on your child's iOS device. To accomplish this, you'll follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the Chrome app on your child's iOS device, if applicable.
  2. Open the Settings app on your child's iOS device.
  3. Scroll down until you see the line for Chrome (it could be quite a way down, depending on how many apps are installed), and tap that.
  4. Within that window, change the Default Browser setting to Chrome.

What if I don't want to do either of the options above?

That's okay! As long as you have Bark's on-the-go web filtering set up on your child's iOS device, you're able to manage their screen time and access to any app or site you want! This includes Safari, Chrome, Snapchat, Instagram, and any other app or site you'd like to manage access to on your child's device. Learn more below: 

Managing Screen Time & Web Filtering Rules

 

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