There are two parts to monitoring Google Chromebooks, listed below as Part A and Part B. We have instructions and a walk-through video for both!
Part A: Set up monitoring of web browsing
Reference this video as you follow the text directions included below:
STEP 1: Sign in to your child's Google Account on their Chromebook
STEP 2: Open the Google Chrome Web Browser
It will look like this in your bottom taskbar:
STEP 3: Access the Google Chrome Web Store
You may do so via this link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions
- In the search bar, type in Bark:
- Find the Bark for Chrome extension:
- Click the Add to Chrome button:
- Confirm that you want the extension to be installed:
STEP 4: Turn on Bark Monitoring for Incognito Browsing
- Click on the Bark for Chrome extension and select Manage Extensions:
- Toggle on the following options in the extension details page: Allow in Incognito and Allow access to file URLs
STEP 5: Hide the Bark extension from the address bar (optional)
While we encourage parents and kids to have discussions about Bark, we understand the need to keep the Bark extension somewhat hidden.
To do so, click on the Bark extension, and click "Hide in Chrome menu"
STEP 6: Breathe!
The Bark for Chrome extension is now installed and actively monitoring regular browsing/searches as well as incognito browsing/searches on Google Chrome.
Remember, you also need to connect your child's Google Account (that is logged in to the Chromebook) to Bark for us to alert you about any alarming web browsing on Google Chrome. To connect your child's Google accounts like Gmail and Google Drive, check out this article.
Part B: Set up monitoring of the Chromebook's saved photo and video
STEP 1: Click on the clock
Then, select the gear icon to access the device Settings.
STEP 2: Search "Play Store" in Settings or scroll down until you find "Google Play Store"
Note 1: If you don't see this option, your Chromebook doesn't work with Android apps.
Note 2: If the "Turn On" option is greyed out, you may be using a managed school or work Google account. Signing in with a personal Google account will allow you to turn it on.
- Turn On the Google Play Store
- In the window that appears, select More.
- You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms of Service. When you’ve read and agreed, select I Agree.
STEP 3: Access the Google Play Store
Search Bark for Chromebooks
To get to the Bark for Chromebooks app on the Play Store directly, click the button below!
STEP 4: Install the Bark for Chromebooks app onto your child's Chromebook
STEP 5: Open the Bark for Chromebooks app
- Log in with your parent credentials
- Select the child's name that uses this Android device or select Add Another Child to add a new child to your Bark account
- Select Connect on the next prompt
- Tap Allow on the following few prompts
- Check "Don't Show Again" on the following prompts
- When you get to this screen, select "Open Settings"
STEP 6: Enable Bark in the device's Accessibility Settings
- When prompted, select Ok
- After ensuring Bark is turned on, hit the top right arrow a couple of times to go back to the Bark for Chromebooks app
STEP 7: Test Monitoring
Lastly, we want to make sure everything looks good and you're all set. To do this, tap on the bottom right gear icon:
Then, select "Test monitoring."
STEP 8: Breathe (again)!
You have now set up your child's Chromebook for monitoring of its saved photos and videos for worrisome content. Even if the Bark for Chromebooks application is X-ed out or not on the bottom taskbar, rest assured that it is monitoring.
If your child downloads Android apps onto their Chromebooks that Bark can monitor, like Youtube, Instagram, or Snapchat, Bark will also monitor those direct messages (text) automatically via the Bark for Chromebooks app!
To connect Google Drive, Gmail, and more to Bark for monitoring, see here!
Need additional help?
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