Bark for Schools is proud to again launch a free new feature to our partner schools and districts. Thanks to the feedback of our partners, we were able to put our efforts into developing something that many schools and districts have been paying for that we can now offer at no cost - freeing up those funds for other student safety measures.

Our Chrome web filter will allow for whitelisting and blacklisting of any site, and offers the function to disable access to certain sites of a given category. 

Alongside this, we also provide details for site visits on a student level - empowering administrators to make informed decisions on student web traffic behavior.

Getting Started

Access the set up menu for the Chrome web filter by navigating to the top right drop down (where your name is located) and selecting Web Filters.

Step 1: Setup

The first section provides details needed in the guide for setting up in G Suite (below). The ID and URL fields will need to be copied into the extension details page within G Suite when deploying for OU(s).

Step 2: Customization

This section allows for the input of any website you would like to blacklist or whitelist. These sites will be on a report 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)

Once enabled, options and results for the Chrome web filter can be found under the top right drop down in your dashboard:

Setting up in G Suite

Log into your administrator-level account on G Suite.

From the main landing page, navigate to Device Management->Chrome Management->User Settings

  1. Navigate to Device Management on the Admin homepage:

2. Locate Chrome Management on the left-hand side: 

3. Select User Settings:

4. Select the OU(s) that contain the students you wish to enable the extensions for - bear in mind that the top-level OU will force those related sub-OU's to inherit the extension. 

5. Scroll down to locate Apps and Extensions and click on "Manage force-installed apps"

6. Click "Specify a Custom app":

6a. For ID and URL fields, visit your filters and click "Settings"

6b. Copy and Paste the data for each within the Specify Custom App screen:

7. When done, click save in the bottom right corner:

If you wish to turn on the extension for  OU's that were not part of the first tree, please repeat steps 4 - 7.

Protecting the Extension: Restricting Removal of Extension (and unauthorized adding of others)

From the main landing page, navigate to Device Management->Chrome Management->User Settings

1: Device Management

2: Chrome Management

3: User Settings

4. Select the OU(s) that contain the students you wish to protect extensions for:

5. Scroll down to "Apps and Extensions" and select "Block all apps and extensions except the ones I allow" from the drop down.

6. Under the "Allow or Block All Apps and Extensions", located just below, click "Manage"

7. Click "Specify a Custom app":

7a. The ID and URL fields should still be populated from the previous steps, but if not you can access that again from your filters list and click "Settings".

7b. Copy and Paste the data for each within the Specify Custom App screen:

8. Scroll down to Security

And locate the option to Disallow Incognito Browsing:

9. Scroll down to User Experience

Locate the option to Never allow use of built-in developer tools and select it:

Need help?

If you have any questions about this feature or anything else, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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