Bark for Schools is proud to offer this free feature to our partner schools and districts. Thanks to the feedback of our partner schools, we were able to put our efforts into developing a solution that many schools and districts have been paying for that we can now offer at no cost — freeing up those funds for other student safety measures.
Our Chrome web filter will allow for whitelisting and blacklisting of any site, and offers the function to disable access to certain sites of a given category.
Alongside this, we also provide details for site visits on a student-level — empowering administrators to make informed decisions on student web traffic behavior.
STEP 1: Access your Bark for Schools dashboard as the super admin of Bark. If you're already logged in, click the button below to go straight to the web filter policies page.
You can also find the settings menu for the Chrome web filter by navigating to the top right drop-down menu:
NOTE: Don't see Web Filters in your Bark account's drop-down menu? This means you are not a Bark super admin. Ask your Bark super admin for help. The super admin can also reach out to our support team to get your account elevated to super admin status in Bark.
STEP 2: Under the Chrome category, select Create new Chrome filter.
STEP 3: Understand each section.
3a. The first section provides information needed for setting up the Chrome extension in G Suite. The Extension ID and Extension URL fields will need to be copied into the extension details page within G Suite when deploying for OU(s) in Step 9-10 of this guide.
3b. The second section allows for the input of any website you would like to blacklist or whitelist. These sites will be on a report within the dashboard for ease of visibility.
Exceptions to the websites included in the categories below can be added (e.g. You can block "youtube.com" below, while still allowing other websites categorized as Streaming Services).
The exceptions entered here are prioritized over category settings below.
3c. The third section will allow the whitelisting / blacklisting of whole categories. This is pulled from the Symantec database that houses over half of a million sites that are associated to these categories and is updated every 15 minutes. There are sites that may not fall into these categories that need to be blacklisted using instructions in the section above.
Bark groups websites into the categories shown below. Toggle each category to the appropriate setting for your use-case.
NOTE: It may take upwards of 15 minutes before changes to these settings will be reflected in the browser.
STEP 4: Finalize setup of the Chrome extension in G Suite.
- Log in to your administrator-level account on G Suite.
STEP 5: Navigate to Devices.
STEP 6: Click on Chrome Management on the left-hand side.
STEP 7: Select Apps & extensions.
STEP 8: 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.
8a. Click on the yellow + symbol on the bottom right.
8b. Select Add Chrome app or extension by ID.
8c. Select From a custom URL.
STEP 9: To find the Extension ID and Custom URL, visit your Bark web filters and view Section 1.
Then, copy and paste the Extension ID and Custom URL found in Section 1 of your Bark web filters into each section below and click Save:
STEP 10: If you wish to turn on the extension for OU's that were not part of the first tree, please repeat steps 5 - 10.
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: Locate the Bark Chrome extension you have recently added to G Suite for that OU. It will be named a series of unique letters and numbers with a grey icon on the left. Click the Installation policy and select Force Install.
This will allow you to forcibly install the extension across all students in that OU.
STEP 7: 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.
We have an incredible team behind the scenes here at Bark. For technical questions, we can be reached here. Our team is happy to help!