Bark's Location Sharing Features

Interested in a location sharing tool that helps you keep track of your kid on-the-go?

Bark’s check-ins and location alerts make that easy, whether your high schooler just got their first job or your tween is biking to their friend’s house!

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How Location Alerts Work

No more having to open a map app to see where your kid is — our 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.

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Endless Location Sharing Uses

Just a few of the things you can do with Bark’s family location sharing features:

  • Make sure your kid 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 kid safe
  • Rest assured that your child made it to their BFF’s house on their skateboard
  • And so much more!

See the Most Important Insights

You’re busy! You probably don’t have a whole lot of extra time to watch your kid move in real time on a map.

We make sure you have the most important information about your child’s location so you can keep them safe while they’re on the move.

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Extra Protection With Check-Ins

Sometimes, you just need to know your kid’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!

Real-Life Use Cases

It can sometimes be tricky to know exactly how a family location sharing app can help your family.

These examples show real ways Bark supports your kid's overall well-being.

Sports Practices

Maria Q. uses Bark’s family location sharing app to let her know when her 14-year-old gets to basketball practice.

After Dark

Bark gives David B. peace of mind when his 11-year-old, Sasha, is heading to her BFF’s house for a fun sleepover.

Independent Kids

14-year-old Marcus loves to skateboard, so his mom, Ashlee, uses Bark to give him independence (safely).

How Location Alerts Work

What Parents Are Saying

Insight and conversation starters

“Best of all, the conversations we have regarding Bark alerts give me insight into my childs world and his relationships.”

Dave C.
Dad of 4

A huge weight lifted

It was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when stumbling across the Bark app.

Jenna U.
Mom of 3

Greater peace of mind

“With Bark alerts, I now have peace of mind that my kids devices are safe and I don’t have to look at everything.”

Brett K.
Dad of 3

Our Products & Prices

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Our entry-level product is perfect for younger kids.

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  • 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

How to Talk About Location Sharing

Need some talking points for a conversation about location sharing? Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  • “I want to give you a chance to have some more freedom. This helps me do that safely!”
  • “I know you love riding your bike to your friend’s house. This app helps me know when you’ve gotten there safely.”
  • “You know how you get to ride your skateboard as long as you wear a helmet? Bark is kind of like that helmet — it helps me know you’re safe when you’re doing your own thing.”
Family location sharing app conversation

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How do Bark's location alerts work?

If you'd like to start keeping track of your child's visits to and from a location, simply add the address to your child's profile in your Bark app. Give the address a name to explain what it is, (for example, "Sarah's house" or "Soccer practice"), and then when your kid starts to move, you'll receive an alert!

How does Bark compare to Life360?

First of all, Bark has never and WILL never sell your child’s location data (unlike Life360). Your child’s safety and privacy are critically important to us.

Secondly, we provide location alerts alongside the other parental control features needed to give your child comprehensive online (and IRL) safety. If you were to use Life360 for their location features, you would still need to use Bark’s parental controls. Now, you can do it all with Bark!
You can see more information about how Bark and Life360 compare here.

How large is the radius for a location?

The radius includes 200 meters (~656 feet). This is the perfect size so that you're alerted if they start to change locations, but not so small that you get an alert every time they walk from geometry class to the cafeteria.

What can Bark's location sharing features be used for?

You can use Bark's location sharing features to be alerted to your child's movements throughout their day! Need to know that they got home from school safely? Done. Want to be sure they actually went to their friend's house? You got it. Want to be alerted if they try to sneak out at night? Definitely. The possibilities are truly endless.

What is included in Bark's location features?

Bark's location features include both alerts and check-ins! Alerts let you know when your child has arrived at or left a specific location. Check-ins allow you to see your child's exact location at a given time. Combined, they give you peace of mind that comes with knowing that your kid is actually where they're supposed to be at a given time.