We are proud to announce the new Covenant Eyes app is available on Google Play. (Note: Your device must be enabled to allow non-market apps.) After many months of testing, we are pleased to release this new product!
Give the app a try and tell us what you think about it!
Below we answered some frequently asked questions about the app.
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FAQ #1: What does the Android app do?
The Covenant Eyes app does two things:
- It monitors all the web browsing on your device’s stock browser.
- It monitors the apps you use, noting their names, amount of time they were used in a given period, and some basic information about them.
- Update for April 2014: The Android app also has the ability to lock down other apps on the device.
All of this information is compiled into an Accountability Report. Note: There is now a new module on the Report that gives a list of all the apps that were used.
FAQ #2: Is the Android app different than the iPhone app?
These apps are very different.
Our app for the iPhone®/iPad®/iPod touch® (which we released in late 2009) is an Internet browser. This browser only monitors itself. (To make this effective, you need to set some Restrictions on your iOS device, so read our User Guide for more information).
Our Android app, however, monitors other apps. For your stock browser, it monitors all the web addresses you visit. For your other apps, it monitors which ones were used and how long they were used.
FAQ #3: How will the Android app help me personally?
With the increased use of mobile web comes a greater risk: More anonymity and more secrecy.
Of course, those who have ever owned a personal computer know this. Sitting all alone in a room with the whole virtual world at our fingertips, it is easy to use our time unwisely. How much more is this true when your gateway to the Internet fits in your pocket?
- Nearly one in five searches made from mobile devices are for pornography.
- Of all smartphone owners, about a quarter admit to having porn on their mobile device, and of these, 84% said their romantic partner doesn’t know about it at all.
- According to Juniper Research, the mobile porn market is estimated to hit $2.8 billion by 2015. They cite “privacy” and “the rise of smartphone adoption” as key drivers in this rapid growth.
- Today, a quarter of smartphone owners go online mostly using their phones, not a computer or laptop. The rise of new technologies creates a new challenge: how do we manage our time and priorities when we are always connected to the Internet?
Covenant Eyes uses the power of relationships to help you avoid these temptations. When you know a good friend, a spouse, or a mentor receives a detailed report of your Internet surfing and your app use, it changes how you use your phone.
FAQ#4: How will this app help me protect my teenager?
Teens face the same temptations on the their smartphones as a adults. The Internet is a place for teens to find information, express themselves, talk with friends, and explore their interests—many times without parental supervision.
In many homes, monitoring the Internet is a game of cat-and-mouse.
- 39% of teens admit to looking at websites or playing games they know their parents would disapprove of.
- According to one survey, 66% of parents say they check the web browsing history of their teens. But in the same survey, 42% of teens say they have cleared their browsing history after using the computer.
- 64% of parents do not use any monitoring software at home. Those that do rarely inform their kids about it.
Teen Internet use is even more private when cell phones come into the picture. Today about three-quarters of teens (12-17) own cell phones, and a third of young people (15-24) own Smartphones. And unlike the family computer, which can be placed in a central and visible location, cell phones are portable and personal. Most cell-owning teens (84%) sleep with their phone on or near their beds.
The Covenant Eyes app will help you monitor how teens are using their Android device. What games are they playing? How long are they watching TV programs? What websites are they visiting? How many hours are they using specific apps?
Teens can benefit greatly by living in a home atmosphere that is open and accountable. As teens branch out and desire more autonomy, there is still a great sense of security in knowing their parents have specific boundaries in place for them. By openly monitoring—not spying on—your teens’ cell phone habits, by talking with them about how they should and should not use their phone, you help them develop good habits over time.
FAQ #5: How much does it cost?
The Covenant Eyes Android app itself is free, but you must be subscribed to our Accountability Service to use it. Once you are subscribed, you can download our software on your Windows machine, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch—and your Android, of course.
For one username, the cost is $8.99/month. If you don’t already have a username, you can sign up here.