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Raising Children in the Digital Age Just Got Easier

On the go. In the know.​

An essential part of a parent's toolkit.

Raising children in the digital age isn’t easy. With so many dangers lurking online, it's important to take the necessary steps to protect your children. Using parental controls allows you to monitor your child's online activity and be aware of any red flags, such as bullying, depression, violence, disorders, or deviant predators.

Bark doesn't just send an alert and then say, "Good luck!" We're committed to being there with you every step of the way. With Bark, you can take action to keep your child safe. Have peace of mind and create a safer, healthier environment for your family and community.

Comprehensive parental controls and monitoring to manage and protect your children’s online lives.​

With Bark from Southwest Broadband, you can:

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Monitor Content

Get alerts for issues like bullying, predators, sexual content, and more.​

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Manage Screen Time

Create custom daily screen time schedules for your child’s device.​

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Filter Websites

Block access to specific websites or even whole categories.

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Set Location Alerts

Get notified when your child arrives at or leaves a set location.​

Bark Premium​

Our comprehensive parental intelligence solution.​

Unlimited Activities​

One price regardless of the size of your family — or the number of devices they have.​

State-Of-The-Art Security

Protecting your family’s data and privacy is one of our highest priorities. All data is kept secure with encryption.​

Receive Alerts

Receive parental monitoring alerts for worrisome content with tips on how to address the issues with advice from child psychologists.

The Most Coverage of Any Monitoring Tool

  • Manage screen time​
  • Filter which websites your kids can visit​
  • Keep up with kids with location alerts and check-ins​
  • Monitor texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and platforms​
  • Get alerts for issues like cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, and more​

Family location sharing app will automatically alert you when they arrive at or leave a location you’ve set! No matter what you want to use Bark’s family location sharing features for, you can rest assured that you’ll be kept in the loop.​

Just a few a few ways you can use location sharing to have piece of mind:​

  • Make sure your child gets to school safely​
  • Get an alert if your teen sneaks out of the house at night​
  • Collaborate with a co-parent to help keep your child safe​
  • Rest assured that your child made it to their BFF’s house on their skateboard​
  • And so much more!

Sometimes, you just need to know your child’s exact location.​

For those situations, request a check-in and our family location sharing dashboard will show you the address of where they’re currently located!

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Bark - Frequently Asked Questions

Bark can monitor your child’s texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms for issues like cyberbullying, adult content, sexual predators, profanity, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more.

Parents receive text or email alerts only when something potentially problematic occurs online. You won’t have full access to everything on your child’s phone — just the things you might need to know about. This saves you countless hours of scrolling through every online interaction your child has while allowing you to build trust and maintain an open line of communication with your child.

Families can set time limits and create schedules for when their children’s devices can connect to the internet (through both cell service and Wi-Fi).

Bark’s web filter lets you select which websites are appropriate for your child to access on their devices. You can block specific sites or even whole categories like streaming services, online gaming, sexual content, and more.

Content Monitoring

Bark uses advanced machine learning and statistical analysis techniques to recognize potential problems. Simple keyword searches are not enough to detect the majority of issues, which is why our parental control app uses contextual analysis and natural language processing to determine when something serious might be happening.

For example, Bark knows the difference between a child saying “This homework makes me wanna kill myself,” versus “Nobody cares about me!! I wanna kill myself.” Our algorithm also keeps up with the latest in teen slang.

Screen Time Management and Website Blocking

Families can manage not only when their children can access the internet on their devices, but also which sites and apps they can visit.

You can create custom profiles for each child in your house, create screen time schedules, and manage access to a wide variety of websites — including video streaming, gaming, adult content, and more.

Not at all! You and/or your child simply connect your child’s accounts and devices to Bark, which only takes a few minutes. Once the apps are installed and logged in, you’ll be able to set up profiles for each of your child’s monitored devices. This part can take some time depending on how in-depth you go, but it doesn’t have to be done all at once. If you need any help, Bark has a dedicated team of Family Online Safety Specialists ready to help and answer any questions you may have. To reach out, simply email help@bark.us.

Bark takes the security of your child’s data very seriously. Their website uses SSL encryption, and all analyzed data is stored within Bark’s encrypted database. For more information about Bark’s security measures, visit bark.us/security. Southwest Broadband will not be privy to any of your personalized Bark settings, notifications, alerts, or any of the information provided to you by Bark.

Southwest Broadband will offer Bark Premium at a cost of $12/month, which provides content monitoring, screen time management, app and website blocking, and location sharing.
Only one Bark account will be needed per family. All of your wireless devices such as phones and tablets can be covered under the same Bark account.

Once you’ve completed the initial set up steps, you’ll then receive a second email that includes the applicable links to download the Bark – Parental Controls mobile app. When signing into the mobile app, be sure to use the same email address you provided us when signing up for Bark. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 507-662-7000.

You’ll need a computer for set up if your child has an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. For Androids, you won’t need a computer at all.

Bark monitors 30+ of the most popular social media platforms and apps, as well as text messages and saved photos and videos on devices. To check out an interactive list of everything Bark monitors based on what type of device your child has, visit bark.us/what-bark-monitors.

For apps that Bark doesn’t currently monitor, you can easily block them entirely or set limits on daily access.