Protecting Your Home
In this ever-changing age of technology, the average age of first exposure to pornography is between 8-11 years old. This is not the world we grew up in. But thankfully, there are lots of great resources that can help parents protect our homes with accountability and filtering software and devices. Below is an overview.
Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability Software monitors the websites visited, the search terms used, and the YouTube videos watched, and lists them in an easy-to-read report that is designed to start a conversation about healthy online habits. Parents, see where your kids go online. Adults, reduce Internet temptations and protect the relationships you value most. A family account is $14.99/month.
With Disney Circle, parents can filter content, limit screen time and set a bedtime for every device in the home. You also get a report of internet use each week to tell you what your child has done online. Circle wants to make it as easy as possible to help families find balance in their lives. $99 one-time fee. To protect and monitor your children’s devices even when they’re away from home, subscribe to CircleGo for $9/month.
There is a FREE option, but it requires manually changing settings on devices to Open DNS. This will catch a good amount of indecent websites.
Read a blog from ProtectYoungEyes explaining how to set your device to Open DNS. You can also watch the tutorial video from the Diocese of Lincoln below.
For video tutorials on how to set up filtering protection on certain devices, see the Diocese of Lincoln page.
Covenant Eyes also has a “how to” guide for parents called Protecting Your Family Online with more information and advice for parents about online safety in the home. It includes tips, parental checklists, safety check, household internet use agreement, and more.