Getting Started with Bark Jr.

This article covers the first-time setup under the Bark Jr subscription plan.

Setup Checklist for Online Safety

1. Set Up Your Bark Parent/Guardian Account

2. Enable Parental Controls (block and filter content you never want them to access)

3. Set Healthy Screen Time Limits (using our customizable schedule) 

4. Finish Account Settings 

A couple of things to know as you get started:

  • Bark Jr includes screen time & web filtering for unlimited children and unlimited iOS, Android, and Chromebook devices.
  • We recommend first setting up the devices that your child has access to, followed by connecting their shared devices.
  • If you’d like to also monitor your child’s text messages, photos, videos, and social media for potential problems (like bullying, self-harm, sexual content, or anything else that may be alarming), consider trialing our Bark Premium subscription plan instead! (You can always change from Premium to Jr at any time.)

Let’s Get Started!

1. Set up Bark Parent/Guardian Account

  • Add your children.
  • Select the device(s) that you know your children use.
    Bark offers screen time & web filtering for Android, iOS, and Chromebook devices.

2. Enable Parental Controls

Our on-the-go parental controls are also known as Screen Time and Web Filtering. To be able to block apps and filter sites on your child’s phone or tablet, follow the applicable instructions below.

  • For Android: Install the Bark for Kids app 003.png on the child’s device.
    Download from (not the Google Play app store).
  • For iOS: Install the Bark Kids app 003.png on the child’s device.
    Download from the Apple App Store.
  • For Chromebook: Install the Bark for Chromebooks app on the child’s Chromebook.
    Download from the Google Play Store.

3. Set Healthy Screen Time Limits

You can manage your child’s screen time schedule and web filtering rules at any time. Below we include some quick tips to get you started!

Set a Schedule






Default rules: The default app and web filters when another rule isn’t currently applied. Make sure to customize this one!

Bedtime: Limit device usage when it’s time for lights out and customize what kids can access during that time.

School time: Limit what can be accessed during the school day. 

Free time: Dedicated time to use devices just for fun and customize what they can access during their fun time.

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When you customize each ruleset, you have the option to allow or block whole categories (think Social Media) or particular apps (think Snapchat).

Our categories cover millions of apps and sites, so if you don’t see an app listed, chances are it’s covered under a category like Games or Social Media.

You can also input specific sites and apps as exceptions.

After making changes, please allow a few minutes for your rules to take effect.

4. Set Alert Notification Settings

  • Add emails to receive alerts (can include partner, spouse, or family member’s emails).
  • Add a US phone number if you’d like to receive text notifications for alerts.


5. Download the Parent/Guardian App


6. Explore your Bark dashboard

You did it! You got through the first-time setup! You can add or remove devices at any time at no additional cost.