Covenant Eyes | Parental Controls & Accountability
All software based internet filters block content to prevents kids from viewing harmful websites or downloading apps their parents don’t approve of. Covenant Eyes does this as well, but has added features that encourages a culture of accountability through email reports disclosing internet use and sending them to an accountability partner.
This accountability relationship may include kids and their parents, or may strictly be among adult friends who are struggling with porn on the internet. Therefore, Covenant Eyes is not just marketed to parents who want to protect younger internet users.
How Does Covenant Eyes Work?
Unlike the history in your browser that can be deleted, Covenant Eyes keeps track of all user activity within the subscriber’s account. It teaches safe browsing habits. Just knowing that an extra set of eyes will see the search history on a daily or weekly basis help keeps family and friends responsible when surfing the internet, including Google.
It is these two facets that makes Covenant Eyes unique. While most parental control software programs are set up to give parents all the control, Covenant Eyes can also be for adult users with accountability partners. These adults have control of their own account and their accountability partners are sent reports of online activity, as well as changes made to restrictions and app downloads. To further clarify, let’s recap that which may be confusing to those who are new to internet filtering, parental control apps, and monitoring software;
Covenant Eyes has Two Distinct Features depending on the End User
- It is just like your standard parental control software used by parents to monitor and restrict internet access for younger kids. Age limits can be set according to age to give teens more freedom to make good choices online, but a certain level filtering and blocking is still implemented. This is controlled by the parent.
- It is monitoring software for adults who want accountability with a friend or spouse*. The account is opened by the adult user. An accountability partner is added (or multiple partners) and email reports are sent to this partner or multiple partners of their internet activity. The frequent of email reports is determined by the account holder.
The creation of the Covenant Eyes software program was based on the word covenant, which is basically an agreement one makes with another person about particular issue. In regards to internet safety, the agreement made with what people see online (covenant eyes). The commitment is to stay away from harmful content online. Later, Covenant Eyes was expanded to also provide complete internet blocking for kids.
Accountability for You
Both internet blocking and screen accountability are included in the full software download. The difference is who owns the account. For families with kids, the parents have the control. For adults, they hold the account and have full access to the internet. They simply want to be accountable to others. It may be to fight a porn addiction or they are struggling with control issues over internet use.
*It has been recommended by many counselors of couples who are struggling with porn that your Covenant Eyes accountability partner is someone other than your spouse. This sets up inequitable parental roles within the relationship. All couples, married or not, should be focusing on open and honest communication about all aspects of their relationship without condescension. It can work better for each individual to set up accountability with a friend that both people in the relationship respect and trust.
If you are an adult seeking control over the internet within your own life, you still have freedom online. For example, a site like YouTube may automatically be blocked. This is a standard setting for parents who may want to prevent their younger kids from being on YouTube. Therefore, you can change the settings to allow YouTube. Your accountability partner(s) will see these changes in their email report but it won’t be something they would question since YouTube is not a pornographic website.
If you are a parent with older teens, you may not even decide to block content. You may want to teach self control. Your teens actions will be greatly controlled by the strength of their accountability relationship with you as a parent. When they are aware that the parent will be receiving email reports about online activity, it will teach good decision making and self control.
Accountability can also go both ways. Friends may want to be accountable to each other, or a support group of friends. Each member would have their own account and add multiple partners. Here is what a typical Covenant Eyes account looks like after logging in through the app on your phone.
Email reports are not cumbersome. Bad websites are highlighted to produce an easy to view history report of where a user has been online. Those keeping an eye on a users internet habits can also log in with limited access to see a recent history. Of course, this is not ideal for younger kids because you don’t want them stumbling on explicit material even by accident. This is where you would want to employ complete parental controls.
Beyond the accountability option, Covenant Eyes still allows parents to block websites based on the age. This protects kids from being exposed to explicit material by mistake. It comes preloaded with at set of obvious sites that should be blocked but may decide you don’t want a person to access a particular social media site and only access safe apps.
Basic Covenant Eyes Account Set Up
- Covenant Eyes downloaded to a computer or smart phone.
- Covenant Eyes keeps a complete and accurate record of all web usage.
- Filtering, blocking and Monitoring can be set up according to age.
- Accountability Partners, selected by the user, receive reports by email about internet activity.
- Unique dynamic scoring system highlights questionable sites, making the report easy to read.
- When an accountability partner is removed, that partner previously set up to receive activity reports is notified.
- Create Your Covenant Eyes Account
Covenant Eyes has responded to the growing need to their software to work as the internet privacy and security protocols evolve. Therefore, they have redefined accountability as screen accountability. Basically, it’s not as easy now to determine the content of a website based only on the url or written content on the page.
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Screen Monitoring: The software periodically captures screenshots of screen activity and stores them securely.
Screenshot Analysis: Advanced artificial intelligence analyzes those screenshots, on your device, for explicit imagery.
Screenshot Processing: The software rates the images, blurs them to protect your privacy, then prioritizes them based on content.
Activity Reporting. A report of concerning activity, circumvention attempts and other activity is sent to you and your ally.
Safe Search Kids recommends the use of parental control software to implement internet filtering. If you decide not to subscribe to internet filtering and blocking via software, we still encourage families to use Google Safe Search. Just know that while filtered search engines such as ours do a great job of blocking offensive and dangerous websites, they only work while the child is using the safe search website to conduct searches. A program such as Covenant Eyes is a tool that combines greater restrictions to internet access. In either case, parental guidance on safe browsing behavior is always best to teach kids safe browsing habits.
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Covenant Eyes Accountability Reporting
Covenant Eyes analyzes each website visited and blocks or allows them according to each user’s sensitivity settings. The parental control filter requires an ‘uninstall code’ in order to remove it from the computer. If the program is uninstalled, all users and accountability partners receive an email that the Covenant Eyes is no longer tracking usage.
As mentioned, you can choose to not have a lower level of filtering for older family members. At it’s most basic level, the software program instills positive browsing habits through accountability and reduces the risk of developing addictive behavior. Parents should also consider controls for very young children spending time online.
Simply create an Covenant Eyes account and download. The software provides an economical solution to internet filtering for the entire family. For adults, it offers freedom with the ability to set up accountability with trusted friends. Typical adult users are those who choose to resist temptation on the internet by remaining accountable to a friend or spouse.
Give it a try and if you are not completely satisfied with how the program is working for you, simply request a refund within 30 days for a guaranteed 100% refund.