What is the cost for the Bark For Schools web filtering service?

Bark for Schools provides a world-class online school safety solution. We began with account monitoring services for G Suite and Microsoft 365 that made us one of the fastest-growing companies in EdTech. 

Since then, we’ve added a specialized extension for filtering Chrome browsing and a network web filter that categorizes and blocks domains at the IP and DNS levels. 

Schools might expect to pay a premium for such a service, but Bark for Schools is available completely for free.

What options do I have for web filtering for my district or school?

As each school or district has its own specific goals and challenges, we provide two options for web filtering: a DNS Web Filter OR a Chrome Extension Web Filter.

We encourage schools and districts to choose the one that works best for them, since they were not designed to be used at the same time. More information on these two filters is included below.

What is the Bark for Schools Chrome Web Filter?

Our Chrome web filter is a custom Chrome extension you install and deploy to users on your G Suite admin console

Once in place, the Chrome web filter will allow for whitelisting and blacklisting of any site, enforcing SafeSearch (on Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo), enforcing Youtube Restricted Mode, and offers the function to disable access to certain sites of a given category. 

We also provide granular reports at the school-level, group-level, or student-level within Bark for Schools so that you can make informed decisions on student web traffic behavior.

What is the Bark for Schools DNS Web Filter?

DNS filtering is a great alternative to more traditional hardware and software-based solutions for filtering the internet in schools. Our DNS web filter works at the network-level by redirecting traffic based on the information associated with your schools router and the service supplier. 

Once in place, the DNS web filter will allow for whitelisting and blacklisting of any site, enforcing SafeSearch (on Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo), enforcing Youtube Restricted Mode, and offers the function to disable access to certain sites of a given category.

Within Bark for Schools you can also view granular reports on usage within your school, but due to the nature of it being network-level filtering, it cannot provide reports at the user-level like the Chrome filter can. 

How does Bark for Schools work with our current web filtering service?

Bark’s mission is to equip schools with all the tools needed to ensure superior student safety online. In the past, schools would often layer Bark for Schools’ account monitoring with a paid provider for web filtering. With our added DNS and Chrome web filtering, we are now able to provide a full suite of digital safety tools, offering a holistic approach to online student safety. We are proud to offer this suite of digital safety tools for free (forever!), allowing schools the option to discontinue use of paid web filtering services. 

Though paid web filtering services (and the additional costs involved) are no longer necessary, schools can continue to use Bark for Schools layered with another web filtering service as desired.

How do I turn on web filters?

We've created step by step instructions to get you started. Select a guide below!

NOTE: We encourage schools and districts to choose the one that works best for them, since they were not designed to be used at the same time. 

How do I troubleshoot the web filters?

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If I turn off the web filters, does it also turn off the student Gmail and Drive monitoring?

The web filters only filter web browsing according to your web filter policies. In other words, the web filters does not contribute to monitoring emails, documents, and images on student accounts. The Bark G Suite marketplace app or the Bark Microsoft 365 app is what contributes to the account-level monitoring.

Is web filtering the same as web monitoring?

No, they are different services with different setups, though you can use both.

The Chrome web monitoring extension does not filter or block browsing, but it does detect and alert on issues found in students' browsing on Chrome. 

If you'd like to filter or block browsing, set up one of the web filters instead. You can then remove the web monitoring extension by following these steps.

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Need additional help?

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!

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