Porn on the iPod – Check their device, protect their purity | Block iPod Porn

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iPods are neat devices – They can play music, videos, games and many other things.  My 9 year old son received one for his birthday.  He loves to make zombie movies and chase the cat or dog around the house.  His favorite music on loaded onto it and he loves rocking out to tunes from Skillet and Kutless.

Just tonight, I was doing homework with him and grabbed his iPod to check out what apps he had and what else he was doing with it.   I went into Safari and found about 9 open windows – not unusual.  I also browsed his internet history.  I was a bit shocked.  It seems that he did a search today on ‘girls in bikinis’ and another on ‘naked girl pictures’.

Now, given my history I’m starting to think “Oh Lord, He is starting on this now”.   I was pleased to find that in his search for the naked pictures, he hit an Open DNS blocked site page.  Yea!  On the bikini girl search he only got as far as a mild photo in the google image essearch.  Great! I calmly asked him if he searched for that stuff and after some studdering and stammering, he said him and his friend did the search this afternoon.  I told him that he should stay away from those searches and internet sites.  He did not really see anything, so I don’t have to explain any images to him!

 

 

The next thing I did was install Covenant Eyes for iPhone & iPod.  We are big users and proponents of Covenant Eyes (you can read my covenant eyes review here).  It works by becoming the browser for the iPod when you lock out Safari. Please stay tuned for my upcoming full review of the covenant eyes app for iPhone & iPod. After securing his iPod, my wife and I need to discuss how and when I need to sit him down and talk a bit more in depth about sex and women.  He is only 9, but these days that may be the right time to get to them and give them a biblical view of sex.

 

 

What did I learn from this?  First off, I am glad Open DNS blocked the porn site that was supposed to load!  Second, I was not doing my parental job to secure his iPod sooner!  Even though it has been a month, I should have loaded the covenant eyes on there sooner.  If he had been subjected to viewing porn, I would only have myself to blame.  I don’t want him falling into the same traps I did as a young boy.  He has the potential to be a man of God with the correct view of sex and women, without the distorted view I had.

Thank God another crisis avoided!  You cannot tell me that we are not under attack in this society!  Read about our first attack and crisis avoided; when an 8 year old receives a Playboy offer in the mail.

Please leave comments below-  Have you had a similar experience?  When did you have the talk with your child?

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Pornography is the New Drug

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This video, produced by fight the new drug sums up how pornography acts on our bodies the same way that drugs do.   Give it a watch and understand why we need to fight against pornography and keep it out our homes, out of our computers and off our television.  If you have not had a good reason to install an internet filter on your computer, (like covenant eyes) this should persuade you.  You do not want your children falling into pornography addiction like I did and so many others are daily, right now.

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Review of Covenant Eyes Android Accountability Software

Covenant Eyes Android – Accountability has come to Android devices!

I have been a long time covenant eyes customer and have it installed on my home computers.  I am pleased with the way it works to with the filter and accountability.  In order to get the app for the android, you have to be a current PC installed customer. The app is free if you are an existing customer.

Covenant eyes has had their android accountability software out for a while and I have purposely waited to test it.  In all applications there is a period to work out the bugs and I didn’t want to download it until they were fixed.  Based on the reviews, it seemed to be working fine.

The download can be done straight from the Google Play application or from your PC when logged into Google Play.  Once installed you sign into the app using your established credentials.  When the application is running the only noticeable sign that it is doing anything is the ever present covenant eyes ‘all seeing eye’ in the upper left notifications area.

During my testing period I did not notice any slowness in phone response or any battery drain as some folks claimed to experience.  My phone was just as fast and battery life was just the same.  I am not a big user of my phone for surfing the web and apps as some people are, just in case it makes a difference.

A proper understanding of what this software does is the first step in any good test.  This software does not block any websites from being accessed; only records what sites are visited and ranks them according to the covenant eyes rating system.  Knowing this, I went to Google and performed a few searches using inappropriate terms.  Next, I opened up the apps that were on my phone and used them.  I also logged out of the application and then logged back in.

Next I logged into my covenant eyes dashboard to run a report.  I first ran the detailed report and was quick to pick out which searches and sites were visited on my android.  I think the only reason I quickly picked out these was because it was right there on the first page, plus there I knew what I was looking for.  An accountability partner may not have such an easy job using this report.  Covenant eyes detailed log

My next step was to run the accountability report.  Right away under the search terms section I noticed those that I had just put through the search engine.  These terms are grouped in with all the other terms that have been searched on for that time period, so there is no way to distinguish who did the searches or from what device (PC or computer) they came from.  I then paged down the report past the blocked sites section since this app does not block sites and came to the high ratings per site.  The high ratings section showed a site I quickly hit on my android.  The last section on the report is the android apps section.  This shows what app was used on your phone, the possible rating of the app and how much time spent on the app.  It logged how much time I spent texting, looking at mail, and reading the bible.

Covenant eyes accountability report

Here is my opinion of the covenant eyes accountability app for Android.  The application does what it should and records the sites, searches and apps used on your android device.  All the history is available in the accountability report for your partner to review.  This will work well if you have a covenant eyes account dedicated only to the person needing accountability for devices they solely use.  There is no way to tell from what device the log entries are coming from.  Covenant eyes needs to somehow get the info to log the device name and user account to go along with the site for the log.

My only reservation about this app is that it allows the user to log in and log out at will.  A user could log out of the app to surf at will then log back in later to register usage on the accountability report.  What should be done if they can’t implement the uninstall password would be to record every log out and log in time on the accountability report.  This would provide better assurance that the app was active and being used.

If you are searching for an accountability app for your android device this will do the job, but I don’t like the logging in and out without recording it.  Once this is fixed I can wholeheartedly endorse this app.

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Covenant Eyes Review Accountability Filter Software

 

Covenant Eyes Review – Accountability & internet filtering software

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Covenant Eyes is a software package that loads on your computer similar to other accountability & filtering software.  Unlike X3Watch, Covenant Eyes is not free.  You will pay a monthly fee based on what services you use and how many accounts you need.

The number of user accounts you choose will depend on how you want to police the internet in your house.  I have one account on my computer and it automatically logs on when my computer starts up.  Under this one account, all computer users in my house will be subject to the same level of internet filtering and accountability reporting.  This works for me, but may not for you.  Sometimes the best approach is one account for the children and one for the adults.  If you have more than one account, each account will have a separate login to use the internet.

There are two main functions of covenant eyes: Internet filtering and Accountability.  You have the option to use filtering, accountability or both.

The filter will block pornographic and questionable websites.  You can set the level of the filter based on the user as long as you set up separate user accounts.  You may also specify websites to always block or always allow.  This is great if you like a stricter level of filter, but want to allow one or two sites that would normally be blocked at that filter level.  The filter also gives you the ability to allow a user to access the internet at certain times of the day and for a certain total amount of time.  This works especially well if you want to limit the total time spent on the internet or prevent late night internet surfing while they should be sleeping!

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The accountability part of the software will log all of you visited websites.  This report is available to both you and your accountability partner on the internet through covenant eyes’ website.  Covenant eyes scores each site you visit.  The scoring is done in real time and scans a web page before it loads.  A low scoring site means it is harmless, but a higher scoring site means you might want to take a look into what it is.  Your report will only list higher scoring sites to keep the report useful and to not alarm the user.  A summary at the top of the report will tell the user at a glance whether there was anything to be concerned about for the reporting period selected.  Your accountability report will also list any questionable searches performed.  If someone was inquiring about ‘bikini photos’ they would be listed on this report.

One unique feature of covenant eyes is the panic button.  The panic button is available for the user to click in case they are overcome with the urge to view pornography or something else on the internet.  The panic button will disable your internet and forbid any websites to load until you can call the Covenant eyes hotline and have them turn it back on.  This is a great feature that allows someone to calm down and come back down to reality before returning to the internet.  If temptation is too much for you to handle the panic button is there for you.

My overall feelings about covenant eyes are positive.  The only downside in my opinion is that pages take an extra second or two to load up, but when I consider the benefits and think back to the days of dial-up, I can accept this.  I really like the adjustability of the filter, the accountability reporting and the panic button.  I highly recommend paying the monthly fee for both filter and accountability services.  The accountability report is much better than X3Watch because of the ranking system and the fact that a complete log of sites can be reviewed.  The filtering is very flexible and allows you to police the use of the internet far easier than other ways.  I feel that my kids and I are protected well from obscenities.  The accountability report is an added layer of protection should my wife or I become tempted to visit a website we would not want the other to know about.

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