Bark - Parental Controls

Bark - Parental Controls

By Bark Technologies, Inc.

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2019-09-25
  • Current Version: 5.3.1
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 18.39 MB
  • Developer: Bark Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 4.05706
From 15,316 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



  • Hard to set up screen time

    By Popciclegirl
    Confusing to manage… Rules, routines, etc.. Developers, please simplify this and simply the language. I wanted to be able to set up a certain amount of time per day and not specific time slots.
  • Buggy and unnecessarily complicated

    By Kwowk83
    I have my degree in Computer Science. All I wanted to do was block explicit data on my kids’ iPad and phone. Screen time monitoring would be a nice bonus. After two days, multiple crashes and more sliders and exception rules than a nuclear reactor, I quit. The VPN blocked apps that I allowed, constantly told me YouTube couldn’t be monitored, and it asks for a desktop app to be installed just to fully monitor iOS devices. Unless you specifically worked on the UX or development in this app you will be be pulling your hair out.
  • Battery killer no time limits

    By smillerberg
    Great idea. Poor execution. When you put this on your kids phones it runs all day and cuts their battery life in half. We put it on 4 different phones, all worked fine before and then died halfway through the day afterwards. Time limits on apple devices through apple iOS work great… but these give you a time of day the apps are allowed, but not the amount of time they can spend on it. So that means they can stay on YouTube for hours between 2-9 pm, but you can’t limit to 1 hour max. Good idea. Poor execution.
  • Currently failing

    By Liv19974
    I was really liking this app but lately it does not scan the phone. I have to manually set it up every time I want to check in—which I might as well save the money and just read the texts since I have to have the phone anyway. Customer service is very responsive but so far they can’t keep up with figuring this issue out. I’ll probably give it one more week before I cancel.
  • Bark phones amazing

    By prjrm momma
    Finally I have access to a phone that I trust in my kids hands! I have access to and control over all of my kids phone activity through the parent app on my phone. It alerts me to any activity on their phone that the filter catches as possible issues. Only I can approve the apps my kids want to download. I set time limits. I love it!
  • I hate this app

    By Hrjejheianbxudns sgdjndbdud
    This is one of the worst apps on the planet and it totally invades my privacy on what I’m doing for example my personal texts to my friends
  • worst thing i've ever had

    By ardietel
    absolutely horrible and only made my kids hate me
  • Terrible

    By Punneo1
    My subscription ended on January 13th and there was an unauthorized purchase today the January 21st due to my child being on my phone and messing around on there and I got notified that I renewed an annual subscription that I did not want and I can’t even get anyone to contact me to help me get a refund.
  • you should upgrade! have another pointless alert!

    By elwood was already taken
    constant and never ending reminder to upgrade. after spending 30s multiple times still can’t turn off alerts. alerts like “take this 2 minute quiz on kids slang”. on android my kids disabled this less than a minute after I gave it to them. Just need to go settings then vpn and turn it off. The next day I poked around and found the notification in the app. This app probably works good for a 6 year old but why would you give a phone to a 6 year old?
  • difficult to set up

    By lmtx
    difficult to setup