Hi there, Brittany. Thanks for writing in. Happy to offer some insight!
YouTube is one of the few platforms that Bark monitors in two ways:
1: Via your child’s connected account.
Bark monitors the videos your child posts, comments made to those videos, and new videos posted to your child’s user and channel subscriptions.
…This means that you’ve provided your child’s YouTube account (login credentials). No matter from where your child’s accesses YouTube, so long as they are using their account, those activities are monitored - even if they use YouTube from another computer, or signed in to a smartTV, or gaming console, that account is monitored for the above activities.
If you’d like to not receive alerts on channels your child is subscribed to, you can ignore alerts from those channels by clicking “ignore” on those alerts, or also (if you’re like me) have your child unsubscribe from 300+ channels.
2: via your child’s connected device (if applicable)
Bark monitors YouTube views and searches only on connected Android devices and computers with the Bark Chrome extension (including incognito browsing).
This analyzing is not done via your child’s YouTube login credentials. YouTube views and searches are analyzed via the Android installed Bark Kids app, or the Bark Chrome extension on computer browsers. The App and the Extension are what “sees” the views and searches being done on YouTube. These features are only on Androids and computer browsers.
The reason Views and Searches are not able to be done on any other devices besides Androids and computer browsers is because YouTube does not have its API (App programming interface) open to share this data. Bark can get this data anyway via the Android App and browser Extension. iOS devices (for example) do not permit Bark to monitor Views and Searches via the iOS app.
Here’s a detailed list of all that Bark monitors:
You can always look at your parent dashboard at bark.us or your Bark app to see your child’s connected accounts and devices, and you’ll see the last analyzed date. This will help you to see and be assured that their devices (iOS, Android, computer, etc.) are being analyzed and monitored. Even if you are not getting alerts, that may be ok – there may just not be anything of concern to alert you to!
I hope this helps to further explain what Bark is able to monitor on YouTube depending on which device you are monitoring. Our support team is glad to assist you with any account, connection, alert, or other questions if you’d please write in and connect at bark.us/contact. Thank you!