While it is possible to set up Bark without your child's knowledge (assuming you have log-in information for their social and email accounts), we highly encourage you to discuss your usage of Bark with your child. Talking to your child about alerts when they arise provides a good opportunity to have hard conversations about serious topics.
Whether or not your child will know if Bark is installed on their devices also depends on what kind of devices you are monitoring.
When setting up Bark, you may need your children’s usernames and passwords for social media and email that you wish to monitor. See below for instructions on connecting your child's accounts either yourself or through the alternative method of sending text instructions to your child — the latter will allow them to retain privacy over their passwords!
You are also able to monitor your child(ren)'s Apple device(s) without installing anything on the device that they could potentially see and remove.
After their social media / email accounts (and if appropriate, their Apple device) are connected to Bark, children may not know that they are being monitored unless you talk to them about Bark.
NOTE: You can also set a special passcode to prevent uninstalling the app without your consent by downloading a third-party app that locks apps from uninstallation unless you type in a password.
- How do I talk to my child about Bark?
- Creating a Technology Contract - Technology accountability for your family
Have more questions?
Don't hesitate to reach out to us, and we'll be happy to assist!