A Closer Look:
Amazon Fire Tablets
Bark monitors photos, videos, Silk web browsing, Discord, and Instagram. Bark also monitors your child's Amazon Fire device location with check-ins.
Bark monitors text messages (including most deleted ones!), photos, videos, web browsing (including Incognito mode on the Chrome browser/app), and many installed apps, including Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Discord, WhatsApp, Houseparty, and Kik. Bark also monitors your child's Android device location with check-ins.
iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod)
Bark monitors text messages/iMessages (including some deleted messages!), photos, videos, notes, web browsing (on Safari and Chrome), Kik, and Whatsapp. Any other email and social media accounts must be connected via the parent dashboard and will be monitored at the account level, regardless if they're accessed on a phone, tablet, or a computer. Bark also monitors your child's Apple device location with check-ins.
PC, Mac, and Chromebooks
You can install Bark on the Google Chrome web browser of your child's Windows PC, Chromebook, or Mac, so any activity they have on Chrome, like web browsing (including Incognito mode) and web searches will be monitored for potential issues.
If your child has a Chromebook, you may also be able to monitor the saved photos and videos (as well as some Android apps like Instagram and Snapchat) on their Chromebook by downloading the Bark for Chromebook app from the Google Play Store.
Social Media and Email Services
Below you'll find the details of what we monitor on particular social media and email platforms.
Ask.Fm: Bark monitors the questions and comments your child asks and the answers they receive, as well as the questions and comments they are asked and the answers they post.
Dropbox: Bark will monitor the content of documents, image, and video files stored in the cloud.
Discord: On Android and Amazon Fire, Bark will monitor the direct messages (text chat only) on group conversations and private conversations.
Facebook: Bark monitors what is posted on your child's wall or story, including images.
Flickr: Bark monitors the photos your child posts as wells comments on them.
Gmail: Bark monitors the emails your child sends and receives, including attachments and Google Hangouts (text chat only).
Google Drive: Bark monitors the documents your child creates and ones that are shared to their Google Drive, including document comments, document comment replies, photos, and videos.
GroupMe: Bark monitors your child's group messages and private messages, including images and media associated with each.
Hangouts: Bark monitors your child's text chats on Google Hangouts via a connected Gmail account. This includes group chats and private chats (text only).
Houseparty: On Android, Bark monitors Houseparty Notes. These are the messages passed between users while inside the app.
Instagram: Bark monitors the images/videos your child posts and comments on those posts. Bark can also monitor Instagram direct messages (text chat only) and searches on connected Android and Amazon devices. We're continually working to be able to monitor direct messages and searches on iOS devices.
Here's how you can help us and other parents across the globe:
- Tweet them. "Hey @Instagram, please open your direct message API to the good guys at @barktechco so they can keep my children safer online!"
- Message their support team directly from the app. Click on your profile photo circle at the bottom right > Click the settings gear at the top right > Scroll down to "Report a problem" > Click "General Feedback" > Type in your request for Instagram to open up their Direct Messaging API to @Bark.us so we can keep your children safer online > Send). Watch a video tutorial for this here.
Kidzworld: Bark monitors forum posts and comments, chat room messages, and private messages between users.
Kik: Bark can monitor your child's text chats on connected mobile devices. Bark can also monitor your child's message attachments (like images) on connected iOS devices.
LiveMe: Bark monitors your child’s chats and direct messages (DMs).
OneDrive: Bark monitors files and documents within your child's OneDrive.
Pinterest: Bark monitors your child's profile, the images, and descriptions that they pin.
Reddit: Bark monitors your child's submissions, comments, and private messages. This includes replies to their comments, which on Reddit come in as private messages.
Slack: Bark monitors private messages, private messages between multiple parties, and private channels.
Snapchat: We can monitor Snapchat private messages (text chat only) on Android devices. We're continually working to be able to monitor Snapchat on iOS devices.
Spotify: Bark monitors your child's recently played songs and analyzes lyrics for potential issues.
TikTok: Bark can monitor TikTok chats (text chat only) for Android and Amazon device users. We're continually working to be able to monitor TikTok on iOS.
Tumblr: Bark monitors your child's answers, chats, links, photos, photo posts, quotes, and blog posts.
Twitter: Bark monitors your child's Twitter accounts postings, replies, and even direct messages.
WhatsApp: Bark can monitor your child's text chats on connected mobile devices. Bark can also monitor your child's message attachments (like images) on connected iOS devices.
YouTube: Bark monitors the videos your child posts, comments made to those videos, and new videos posted to your child's user and channel subscriptions. Bark can also monitor YouTube views and searches only on connected Android devices and computers with the Bark Chrome extension (including Incognito mode!).
YouTube does have content blocking abilities under their parental controls and settings! You can check out our blog post on this for more information.
Bark is an award-winning service that monitors texts, emails, YouTube, and 24+ different social media platforms for signs of potential issues like cyberbullying, adult content, online predators, drug use, self-harm, depression, suicidal ideation and more.
While Bark isn't a substitute for thoughtful parenting or ongoing conversations about using technology, it's a great safety net and an essential toolkit for parenting in a digital age. Click below to sign up for a free one-week trial!
Need help or have additional questions?
We know, this is a lot of information to take in. If you'd like additional assistance, reach out to us, and we'll be happy to make keeping your kids safe online less of a headache!