DNS filtering is a great alternative to more traditional hardware and software-based solutions for filtering the internet in schools.
Our DNS filter works by redirecting traffic, based on the information associated with your schools router and the service supplier, permitting administrators to filter by parameters via a web browser-based portal such as Bark for Schools.
Being at the network level, the DNS filter is compatible with G Suite and Microsoft 365. The DNS filter is not tied your Organizational Units or Active Directory, so you can freely use your Bark for Schools DNS filter in place of a current solution.
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.
Alternatively, you can find the settings and reports for the DNS web filter under 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 Network category, select Create new Network filter.
STEP 3: Enter the name of the network you wish to apply web filtering policies on and click Next.
STEP 4: Add Public IP Addresses.
There is no limit to the number of public IP addresses you can filter with the Bark for Schools DNS filter. By separating staff and student networks, you can apply appropriate and separate policies to each.
STEP 5: Customization.
A. Allow/Block Websites
This section allows for the input of any website you would like to blacklist or whitelist. These sites will be reported on 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 above).
The exceptions entered here are prioritized over category settings below.
B. Allow/Block Categories
This 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 in to 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.
Need additional help?
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