Bark - Parental Controls

Bark - Parental Controls

By Bark Technologies, Inc.

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2019-09-25
  • Current Version: 3.1.1
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 14.05 MB
  • Developer: Bark Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.1 or later.
Score: 2.04529
From 552 Ratings


Bark provides families with all the tools they need to raise kids in the digital age. Our comprehensive service lets you monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites so you can get peace of mind while your child is online. CONTENT MONITORING Bark monitors your child’s texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms for issues like cyberbullying, adult content, sexual predators, profanity, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more. Parents receive alerts only when something potentially problematic occurs online. You won’t have full access to everything on your child’s phone — just the things you might need to know about. SCREEN TIME MANAGEMENT Families can set healthy time limits and create schedules for when their children’s devices can connect to the internet (through both cell service and Wi-Fi). WEB FILTERING Our web filter lets you select which websites your child can access on their devices. You can allow or block specific sites — or even whole categories like streaming services, online gaming, sexual content, and more. BARK TESTIMONIALS • "My wife and I LOVE Bark. We've had some tough but productive conversations with our 13-year-old son. It's proving to be extremely valuable." — Josh L. • “It’s just another set of protections we as parents give our kids for the digital environment (or as my 10-year-old calls it, a “cell phone seat belt”). My oldest is a 9th grader, and while I trust her, I’ve come to realize through the alerts that some of her friends aren’t truly her friends. It’s led to some amazing conversations about choosing friends wisely and recognizing toxic people. While she wasn’t for Bark at first, she’s since said she’s grateful that I saw those messages because it reaffirmed what she was feeling but didn’t know how to verbalize without sounding sensitive.” — Bark Parent • "Bark notified me that my young daughter had unknowingly revealed her phone number to strangers on Twitter. The fact that Bark notified me was impressive and led to an informative discussion with her the same day." — Jon B. • “Since Bark alerted us to the suicidal language used in the Google doc that was being used in a chat document with a friend, we have seen both a pediatrician and a licensed counselor. We are hopeful for a positive outcome. Thanks to Bark for letting us peek into our child’s mind!” — Bark Parent • “This app is a lifesaver! It has allowed us to catch so many “red flags” in the content my kids have accessed on their devices and in their interactions with friends and other people online that I wouldn’t have ever known about otherwise. The big difference between Bark and other “Parental Control” software is that Bark allows your kids to have so much more privacy. It doesn’t show you everything they do, but sends an instant alert regarding any activity that might be concerning. Highly recommended!” — Bark Parent With Bark, you can help keep your kids safe both online and in real life. Try it out for seven days absolutely free! Our Family Online Safety Specialists are standing by to help answer any questions you may have. Email or visit to get answers and advice from the Bark Team. Terms of Use



  • disrespects teenagers privacy

    By Zaibree
    this disrespects my privacy and i feel like i can’t do anything fun or even sing a song with one curse word in it and it getting sent to my mother and then getting in trouble. i cant have any fun at all with this app and it’s so not ok. i have no privacy anymore nor do i have any fun without getting in trouble. and on top of it i have to pay for this stupid app 😑 please just delete this app.
  • Trust?

    By tinymenacing
    I downloaded the app, you have to pay, so i read through the things it had. Monitoring texts and emails? Detecting threats? I get it, people want their kids to be safe. But strict s parents, or over protective parents, will always raise sneaky kids. It’s the same with Life360. To avoid their parents knowing they’re somewhere they shouldn’t be, they’ll go to where they’re supposed to be and leave their phones there, which puts them in greater harm. Kids should be able to learn that they can trust their parents. If my parents had this, i would never be able to tell them anything, because they would already know. I’d want to be able to tell them, “hey. this strange person is being really nice to me, but something is off.” on my own time rather than them come up to me and ask about this person. If a parent came into your room and demanded to know why Bark said there were threats of depression for you, how would you feel? wouldn’t you rather build the trust between family to talk to them when you’re ready? If a child isn’t able to go to their parents to trust them with things, it will affect their whole life. So many people talk about how relationships have been ruined with lovers and friends because they learned it was safer to keep what the felt hidden so they wouldn’t get hurt. Parents don’t always know why kids don’t tell them everything, and it’s almost always because of fear. Fear that they’ll get yelled at, get a punishment, for something they either didn’t know was wrong, or didn’t know how to handle it and let it spiral out of control. Let kids be kids. Let kids trust their parents. Let parents trust their kids.
  • this app makes me want to jump off a cliff 🧚‍♀️✨

    By stream so what
    i reviewed this before but i guess y'all deleted it bc it's not showing up when i look at my reviews 😳 anyways i hate this app so much 🤩 it ruins trust and relationships!! this app has outed & exposed me about things i didn't want my parents to know (lgbt, etc.) when i tried to talk to my mom about changing the controls, she just yelled at me 🥰🥰 feeling so loved right now :) anyways i know y'all are trying to help but this isn't the way ✨🧚‍♀️ delete this app please 🥰🌈
  • Do NOT get

    By JRC030608
    Mom POV: My kids hated me after this and I started becoming more angry and eventually had to see a therapist for anger management. I punished my kids very harshly due to small things this app would tell me. My kids didn’t want to even be in the same room as me anymore after this. If you can’t trust your kids then talk to them don’t invade their privacy. My kids need to learn not to do bad things on their own bc this did not make them stop it just had them have to think of ways to hide it and eventually they did. I took away all of my kids creativity and freedom bc I thought the ENTIRE app was bad when really there was just a few things they could get rid of and avoid so they could still keep the app.
  • Rly?

    By Haileykoda
    Yeah this is for children’s “safety” but really it’s for adding stress to tons of teens lives. It is unfair to take away the one thing teens have these days. Technology is the main thing in a teens life. Imagine adults as teens having their parents hear about every single thing they did. As a teen you wouldn’t have wanted that and no teen today does. This takes away the small amount of privacy that some have. My parents are smart and don’t have any monitoring apps because they want me to live. Obviously some pretty messed up adults with grudges against teens made this app. Hope you all get coronavirus. Sincerely, A smart and informed teen :)
  • This app does not give you privacy but does help you

    By Anna Bialke
    My parents bought this app for me and almost every day they kept looking at my texts off of it. My sister and I got in a fight the other day and we were texting each other after then my sister got punished and I got ICE CREAM.
  • From an Adult

    By 9877543678644477!),:;)! zergu
    App didn’t work and I have tried multiple times. Plus having to schedule a time to talk to you all isn’t convenient for me. My kids have gone a month now with no security on there phones from you guys and I can’t just call you when it’s not working. That’s really bad customer service in my opinion when we can’t call during the problem or at least during business hours. I have tried tech support a few times and the last person I talked to couldn't figure out the issue as well. Kids phone just spin not connecting to apps because of this app. App didn’t work . When I turn off the signal to my kids phones they can still use them and when it’s on they can’t use there phones. This was not a user friendly system. I’m sad because I really wanted this to work out for my family but the customer service was really inconvenient. If you have time to check emails and write people back, then answering the phone during working hours shouldn’t be a problem.
  • You

    By fjvfjfkdkfkmvjvfigjjgr
    This is not how a person should look at a child’s text they NEED privacy!!!!
  • How are we supposed to learn

    By Sad Slotter
    from a kids pov, how are we supposed to learn if our parents are guiding us through life. it’s fine if it’s for kids like 10 and under but the second you get to jr. high all restrictions should be taken away how else are we supposed to learn and find out things about the world if there’s a guard. i understand not wanting us to see porn or anything but add restrictions to the kids phone as 18+ and that’s all you need. this app is excessive and goes through all of your apps photos and text messages and if it sees one small thing that is “bad” it notifies your parents. i can’t help if my friends cuss i’m not their parents. you still need to parent and shouldn’t have to depend on an app to do that for you. this app is an invasion of privacy.
  • The Best App that you can get for safety

    By Dakjoel
    Our family wanted something to alert us to cyber bullying, sexual content that is on ads, alerts about drug and alcohol & profanity use for our kids while using the internet. We looked at several different companies and really liked what Bark has to offer. We have been happy with it especially since we are so reliant on the internet with the recent quarantine. We didn’t want our children to be preyed upon. We are so happy with this layer of security. In addition their tech support has been awesome! We highly recommend it!!