The Internet is a wonderful resource. It has opened up a world of opportunity that would have otherwise been inaccessible to many. Personally, I find the Internet invaluable for running several home businesses, a magazine ministry and staying in touch with friends around the globe.
But the Internet also presents incredible dangers. Here are just a few statistics of which you may or may not be aware …
- The largest consumers of Internet pornography are children ages 12 to 17.
- ￼90% of children ages 8 to 16 have viewed pornography online, most while doing homework. ￼￼￼￼
- 80% of teens ages 15 to 17 have had ￼￼￼￼￼￼multiple exposures to hardcore pornography.
- 67% of children admit to clearing their browser history to hide Internet use from their parents. ￼￼
Even children and adults who are not actively searching for inappropriate content, can be exposed to it accidentally. For years, our family has been taking advantage of the technology provided by Covenant Eyes, a company that provides Internet accountability and filtering. Covenant Eyes can be installed on computers and mobile devices in your household, it monitors the use of the Internet and sends you reports of the websites that have been visited. This service is $9.99/month.
The Covenant Eyes filter blocks sites based on age-appropriateness, offering six different ratings: Everyone, Youth, Teen, Mature Teen, Mature, Highly Mature. The filter blocks sites in real time, unlike other filters that are based on a static “block list” that is only updated periodically. The filter also allows you to restrict the times of day and the amount of time per day each of your children may use the Internet.
There are several different options for using the filter. Our family has a personal account $9.99/month and have added filtering at $1.50/month, for a total of $11.49/month. This means that all of our computers use the same rating (Mature Teen) and we all have the same access settings to websites. If you want to have different settings for your different family members, I recommend the family plan for $13.99/month. You can add unlimited users and all users get Internet Accountability, making it easy to see where each person went online. Plus you can add Filtering to any username at no extra cost.
Are you interested in the services, but not sure if it will be useful and beneficial to your family? Covenant Eyes offers new users a one month free membership so that you can try it out and see how it works for your family! Even if you do not have family members who are purposely viewing inappropriate content, this service is great for websites that may contain it, or even inappropriate advertisements. Our email service (and a main website where we sell puppies) was constantly bombarding us with inappropriate images, advertising dating sites. Covenant Eyes to the rescue … I just logged into our account and added the dating websites to our block list. No more yucky ads!