We're on a mission to protect every student in all schools across America for free — so we asked our partner schools and districts what they would like to see developed.
As a part of this mission, we've developed the Chrome extension for monitoring student browsing activity within Chrome. This extension is not a filter — it does not prohibit traffic, but it will alert you to worrisome web browsing.
If you'd rather deploy one of our web filters, check out this article instead.
What I can expect to be monitored:
Page titles and Google searches
What does this look like in my dashboard?
What Bark for School produces on student browsing activity falls in line with how we alert on other applications: We will only display data that is concerning, inappropriate, or potentially harmful.
The results from Chrome monitoring issues can be found alongside the rest of the issues under the Review Issues page.
It will have a Chrome icon designated to it:
How to Set Up
STEP 1: Log in to your administrator-level account on G Suite.
STEP 2: Select Devices.
STEP 3: Click on Chrome Management on the left-hand side.
STEP 4: Select Apps & extensions.
STEP 5: 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.
5a. Click on the yellow + symbol on the bottom right.
5b. Select Add from Chrome Web Store.
5c. Search Bark and click on Select to install the Bark for Chrome extension for that OU.
STEP 6: Click on the Installation Policy for the Bark for Chrome extension to Force Install.
STEP 7: If you wish to turn on the Bark for Chromebook extension for OU's that were not part of the first tree, please repeat steps 5 - 7.
How to Restrict the Removal of Extension
(and unauthorized adding of others)
STEP 1: Select Devices.
STEP 2: Select Chrome Management.
STEP 3: Select Apps & extensions.
STEP 4: Select the OU(s) that contain the students you wish to protect extensions for — bear in mind that the top-level OU will force those related sub-OU's to inherit the extension.
STEP 5: Locate Allow users to install other apps & extensions at the top, click on it, and select Block all other apps & extensions from the drop-down menu.
STEP 6: To the right of these Apps & extension options, you can manage additional settings by clicking on the Gear icon.
For more information on Google's available tools for managing users on your organizational units and preventing the removal of the extension (and unauthorized adding of others), check out this resource.
How do I reach the Bark for Schools team?
We have an incredible team behind the scenes here at Bark. For technical questions, we can be reached here.