DNS filtering is a great alternative to more traditional hardware and software-based solutions for filtering the internet in schools.
A DNS filter works by redirecting traffic, based on the information associated with your schools router and the service supplier and so permitting administrators to filter by parameters via a web browser-based portal such as Bark for Schools.
Being at the network level, the DNS filter is compatible with G Suite and Microsoft 365. The DNS filter is not tied your Organizational Units or Active Directory so you can freely use your Bark for Schools DNS filter in place of a current solution.
To get started, you'll need to access your dashboard by hitting the button below:
You can find the settings and reports for the DNS filter under the drop down in the top right by your name:
On the next page, in order to proceed with the set up of the DNS Filter, select Create new Network filter under the Network category.
From here, enter the name of the network you wish to apply web filtering policies on:
After clicking Next, you'll be taken to the set up page of the DNS Filter.
Step 1: Add Public IP Addresses
There is no limit to the number of public IP addresses you can filter with the Bark for Schools DNS filter. By separating staff and student networks, you can apply appropriate and separate policies to each.
Step 2: Customization
This section allows for the input of any website you would like to blacklist or whitelist. These sites will be reported on within the dashboard for ease of visibility.
Exceptions to the websites included in the categories below can be added. (e.g. You can block "youtube.com" below, while still allowing other websites categorized as Streaming Services above).
The exceptions entered here are prioritized over category settings below.
Step 3: Categories
This section will allow the whitelisting / blacklisting of whole categories. This is pulled from the Symantec database that houses over half of a million sites that are associated to these categories and is updated every 15 minutes. There are sites that may not fall into these categories that need to be blacklisted using instructions in the section above.
Bark groups websites in to the categories shown below. Toggle each category to the appropriate setting for your use-case. Note: It may take upwards of 15 min. before changes to these settings will be reflected in the browser.
Sample Categories (scroll down to see all)
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