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Parental Control Software

EarthLink Guardian is an award-winning monitoring and screen management that keeps kids safer online — while still preserving their privacy. It’s peace of mind for you and your kids.

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What is EarthLink Guardian?

EarthLink Guardian, powered by Bark, helps families manage and protect their children’s digital lives. Our award-winning parental control service watches more than 30 of the most popular apps and social media platforms for signs of cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, online predators, threats of violence, and more.

Plus, you can use the web filtering and screen time management tools to set healthy limits around the websites and apps your kids can access — and when they can visit them.

EarthLink Guardian is parental control software that keeps your kids safer in almost every area of their digital lives. Ready to get started?

Works on iOS, Android, and Amazon mobile devices.

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Free for the First 30 Days

When you subscribe to EarthLink Guardian, you can enjoy the most popular parental control features free for the first 30 days. That’s what we call smart spending.

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What Features Are Included?

Content Monitoring

EarthLink Guardian keeps an eye on texts, emails, YouTube searches, and more than 30 other apps and social media platforms for signs of issues like cyberbullying, adult content, sexual predators, drug use, depression, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more. Learn more about what can be monitored.

As a parent or guardian, you’ll get timely email and text alerts about the issues, plus recommended actions to help guide you through each potential problem.

When our parental control software finds something that could be wrong, we’ll alert you. That way, you can talk to your child and make sure everything is ok. We’ll take care of the monitoring, so you can keep being a great parent.

Bark screenshot of a potential bullying issue.

Screen-Time Management and Web Filtering

With EarthLink Guardian, you have parental control over when your kids can access the internet and what sites they can visit. You can even create custom profiles for each child to easily set different screen time schedules and allow age-appropriate access to a wide variety of websites.

Our web filter lets parents select which websites their kids can access on their devices. They can allow or block specific sites — or even whole categories like streaming services, online gaming, sexual content, and more. Parental control software has never been so simple.


Make sure your kids have arrived safely at their destination with our check-ins feature. Now a forgotten text doesn’t have to turn into panic — simply check in without disrupting their activities.

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How Can This Help My Family?

EarthLink Guardian is the parental control service you’ve been looking for. It gives your family a digital safety net by helping to protect your kids’ entire digital world — where they play, where they surf, where they connect both online and in real life, and even where they go to school.

  • Want to know if your child is being cyberbullied on social media? We monitor for that and send you alerts if something might be wrong.
  • Need to limit your kid’s access to internet browsing? No problem. We can either filter out entire categories (like streaming) or just block specific sites (like Netflix).
  • Want to disable the internet on your child’s device? Now you’ve got the ability to manage screen time on their devices to suit your family’s unique needs. No more bedtime arguments — just a simple setting.
  • Want to make sure your child arrived safely at their destination? Location check-ins let you know they’ve made it without an issue — even if they forget to text you.

Parenting is a full-time job. Let us help keep your kids safer so you can sleep easier.


Now’s the perfect time — EarthLink Guardian is free for the first 30 days

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What EarthLink Guardian does

EarthLink Guardian is a parental control service that monitors texts, email, YouTube, and more than 30 apps and social media platforms for signs of issues like cyberbullying, adult content, sexual predators, drug use, depression, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more.

What you get

Your subscription covers an unlimited number of children, devices, and accounts within a household, regardless of family size.

How the free 30-day trial works

You will automatically be billed after the 30-day free trial. Cancellation must be by phone before the next billing period begins to prevent further charges.

You must be 18 years of age or older to order and receive the EarthLink Guardian service.