Hi @anovak98! Mom and Bark Community team member here … … Yes, the device can still be monitored for content without the VPN. Content monitoring and parental controls are managed differently for different devices. Happy to explain!
Our Bark for Kids Android app is all-inclusive and includes both monitoring and parental controls. However, you can certainly opt not to use the parental controls (a separate setting). The Bark for Kids app is still required to be installed on the child’s Android device for content monitoring. Androids are continuously monitored via the installed Bark for Kids Android app. For reference, here’s a detailed list of all Bark monitors on Android.
A little background about Bark’s VPN-
Bark’s screen time and web filtering prohibits or allows access to particular websites, apps, and internet services. On Android and iOS, this is accomplished via the Bark VPN on your child’s device. The Bark VPN doesn’t do anything other than block or allow content according to your screen time settings. It acts as a “gateway” to filter that traffic. Bark doesn’t need a VPN for device-level content monitoring, but we DO NEED a VPN to enforce web filtering on Android and iOS devices.
Here is more information on Bark’s screen time and web filtering.
And how to set up and manage screen time and web filtering rules.
I hope that helps! Please feel free to contact our Support team via email@example.com or bark.us/contact if you have any questions or would like assistance with VPN or parental control settings for your devices. We’re here for you!