In order for Bark to monitor device activity like texts (including some deleted ones!), web browsing, notes, and the camera roll on an Apple device, we'll need to perform regular backups to a computer. This is because of Apple's stringent security on their devices, which prevents regular apps from monitoring those activities. Thus, you'll be downloading the Bark Desktop App onto a computer to perform and upload backups for analysis of worrisome content like Cyberbullying, Sexual Content, Suicidal Ideation, and more. These backups act as blueprints of the device at the time, and regular backups will allow you to monitor your child's iOS device.
After the first-time setup, activities will be backed up wirelessly over Wi-Fi whenever your child and their devices are home.
Average time to set up: 10 minutes per device
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What kind of computer will you be using?
What about social media?
On your Bark dashboard, under "Connect Accounts," you can connect your child's email and social media accounts for monitoring. These will be monitored at the account level, which means monitoring happens in real-time regardless of whether the accounts were accessed on a phone, tablet, or computer.
What if my child doesn't have email or social media?
Your child's Apple ID email is a perfect email to connect for monitoring, since Bark can alert you if a child creates new accounts using that email address.
Often, this is an iCloud address, which has unique connecting steps.
Read our connection instructions for iCloud email here!