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 the extension!

NOTE: If your child's Chromebook does not support Android apps, then you only need to do Part A! To check if your child's model supports Android apps, see here.

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.

NOTE: When it comes to monitoring Gmail accounts created for those under 13 years old, for some reason, Google can restrict any third-party connection, which includes Bark. You can see what birthday you've set for your child's Google account, inside of the Google account settings. For instructions on connecting a Gmail to Bark, see here.

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Part B: Set up monitoring of the Chromebook's Android apps and saved media

NOTE: If your child's Chromebook does not support Android apps, then you only need to do Part A! To check if your child's model supports Android apps, see here.

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.

STEP 4: Install the Bark for Chromebooks app onto your child's Chromebook.

STEP 5: Open the Bark for Chromebooks app.

  • Click the O symbol on your bottom left.
  • Find the Bark for Chromebooks app.
  • The Bark for Chromebooks app will look like this:
  • Enter your parent credentials and select Get Started.
  • 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 and tap Start Now.
  • Select Open Settings when prompted.

STEP 6: Enable Bark in the device's Accessibility Settings

  • When prompted, select Ok
  • After ensuring Bark is turned on, click the top left arrow a couple of times to go back to the Bark for Chromebooks app. Otherwise, you can also open the Bark for Chromebooks app from your app list in the bottom left O symbol. 

STEP 7: Fine-tuning.

To test the monitoring or to adjust settings, open the Bark for Chromebooks app and tap the settings icon (see images below):

Descriptions of settings:

  • Upload over Wi-Fi only: If your child's Chromebook has a cellular plan and needs to conserve cellular data use, then you may consider turning on the setting of "Upload over Wi-Fi only." Otherwise, leave disabled.
  • Test monitoring: If you want to make sure the Chromebook monitoring is set up properly, tap on "Test monitoring." A message will then pop up letting you know if it looks good!

NOTE: Do NOT logout of the Bark for Kids app, or monitoring will be impacted

STEP 8: Breathe (again)!

You have now set up your child's Chromebook for monitoring of its saved photos and videos. 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 Snapchat, Bark will also monitor those direct messages (text chats only) automatically via the Bark for Chromebooks app!

To connect Google Drive, Gmail, and more to Bark for monitoring, see here!

NOTE: When it comes to monitoring Gmail accounts created for those under 13 years old, for some reason, Google can restrict any third-party connection, which includes Bark. You can see what birthday you've set for your child's Google account, inside of the Google account settings. For instructions on connecting a Gmail to Bark, see here.

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