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How does Bark keep my child safer on Safari?

On all subscription plans, Bark can enforce screen time & filtering on many iOS devices when they install the Bark Kids app. This includes blocking and allowing particular sites on Safari and Chrome (or any web browser)whether they're on Wi-Fi or cellular data! To set up the screen time feature, click here for instructions.

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 the child's activities for worrisome content. After this analysis, we alert you if there's something alarming in your child's text messages, videos, and photos with the help of the Bark Desktop App. Thus, Safari and Chrome 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 monitoring. To set up your child's iOS device with monitoring, click here for instructions.

(What is the difference between screen time, filtering, and 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. If you want to block access to all of Safari all of the time, you can use 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.

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

That's okay! As long as you have the Bark Kids app set up on your child's iOS device, you're able to manage their screen time schedule's 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 here: Managing Screen Time & Web Filtering Rules

 

Need help or have additional questions?

We are happy to assist! Reach out to Bark Support, and we'll help every step of the way.