In the following walkthrough, we'll be going step-by-step through the pages you see when you first sign up for Bark.

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STEP 1: Add your child(ren)

The first page you will see after signing up is Add Child:

  • Here you can select your child's name and birthday
  • Then select Add
  • You will see this for each child that has been added
  • When you're done adding children, select Next

STEP 2: Give Bark consent to monitor your child by adding your payment information

The video shown explains how this is required by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). 

Also, make sure your ideal subscription plan is selected on the left column before you enter your payment information! You can change your subscription plan later, as well.

STEP 3: Select the email, social media, and device that you know that child uses

You will later be prompted to do this for any other children you have added to Bark:

In this example, our only child has chosen one from each category:

Then, click Next on the bottom right (you may have to scroll down):

STEP 4: Select Sounds Good, Let's Connect.

NOTE: Select that button even if you've accidentally selected too many accounts, and we'll remove the ones added in error at a later time.

STEP 5: Select Connect or I'll do this later for each selected email, device, and/or social account for each child.

NOTE: Depending on how many selections you made for each child, you may have to go through many screens until Bark is done asking about each one, so just hang in there! 

  • If you'd like to connect that particular account for that particular child, select Connect and enter your child's login credentials for that platform. This will allow Bark to monitor your child's account for that platform going forward. Bark will be able to alert you about potential new accounts in the future as well.
  • If you'd like your child to retain privacy over their passwords, you can invite them to connect their own accounts by selecting Invite to Connect Accounts. Bark will be able to alert you about potential new accounts in the future as well.
  • If you'd like to skip any selection for now, just keep selecting I'll do this later or Next for each email and/or social media prompt that comes up.
  • Got an iCloud email that will not connect? You may have to enable two-factor authentication. Read more here!
  • Got a Yahoo or AOL email that will not connect? You may have to enable a setting within the email account. Read more here!

STEP 6: Select whether you are ready to connect your child's device to Bark for monitoring.

For the first-time setup, you will need access to your child's device.

If you are not ready, you can opt to get reminders to connect your child's device whenever you have access to it! Otherwise, you can select No thanks, I'll remember.

You can reference our device-specific instructions at any time at help.bark.us!

For your convenience here are our text and video walkthroughs for connecting devices:

STEP 7: Move forward by selecting Connect more accounts.

STEP 8: If you've already selected all accounts you'd like to connect for this child, then scroll down on this page and select Done on the very bottom right.

STEP 9: Select Set Up Alerts.

After you've connected your children's accounts that you can connect and skipped the ones you don't have the credentials for at this time, let's move forward by selecting the button Set Up Alerts, as seen below:

Then, enter your phone number if you'd like text alerts or add any other emails you'd like to receive notifications about potential issues on your child(ren)'s accounts, and select Done!

STEP 10: Explore your Bark parent dashboard!

You did it! You got through the first-time set up even if you did not have all of your children's login credentials or devices at this time. 

You will now see this parent dashboard every time you log in or click on an email or text alert.

To remove any accounts added in error, see here!

To finish connecting any accounts you didn't have the password for at the time, select Finish Connecting next to the appropriate platform, as seen below: 

To add an additional email or social account for monitoring, since you get an unlimited number of accounts and devices you can monitor with Bark, see our walkthrough here!

Now have the device and ready to connect to Bark?

For your convenience here are our text and video walkthroughs for connecting devices:

Got stuck and or just need help?

Bark Support has your back! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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