The Bark app has long been one of our favorite parental controls thanks to its pioneering focus on social media and email monitoring. No other parental control comes close to screening as many apps and communication channels as Bark.
To make sure Bark's as good as it claims to be, we've had multiple kiddos, teens, and parents take the app for a test drive. The hype's legit—Bark does a great job of screening messages and alerting parents.
That said, Bark may not align with your approach to parenting in a digital world since it doesn't provide full minute-by-minute, word-for-word reports. Bark's also not the best for younger kids who need more hands-on management since parents can't control contact lists, set overall time limits, or remotely lock down the device.
Our Bark review explains what to expect from this parental control app and when to consider an alternative. Let's see if Bark is right for you and your family.