About the author, Scott McClurg

Scott McClurg

Scott McClurg has worked at Covenant Eyes for seven years. He has a BA in Marketing and Management. Scott is currently the Client Relations Manager and is responsible for overseeing the customer service, marketing, and sales departments. He is happily married to his lovely wife Rose. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, playing golf, participating in random sporting events, and reading books on just about anything interesting.

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When Your Child is Looking at Porn

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When you find your child or teenager has been looking at porn, how should you talk to him or her about it? Download this step-by-step guide for Christian parents to help you teach your children about harms and false messages of pornography.

17 thoughts on “How to Monitor Apps on Your Child’s Device

  1. Another thing to be aware of is that apps other than those labeled ‘browsers’ can have browsers built in– sometimes in help/legal/login pages, sometimes via advertising links.

  2. I think it is pretty lame that Covenant Eyes doesn’t make a bigger deal about being able to access any site you want via browsers built into other apps and it can’t report on this.

    Parents Beware!!! Any 10 year old kid can get on most any app on their android or ios devise and look a porn and you will never know.

    Covenant Eyes you are supposed to be the leader in this and help us out with this. Where are the warnings on your site? Why is there not a list of safe apps that will not give you unmonitored access to the web? This should be mentioned everywhere!

    Scott McClurg obviously doesn’t struggle with looking at pornography or have kids that he is trying to protect, otherwise he would have mentioned this in his article about monitoring your kids device.

    Maybe SafeEyes will do a better job at this.

    • Perhaps. I haven’t heard much about SafeEyes since they closed their offices last month. Have you heard anything?

      Like I mentioned, we have some great discussion going on right now about built-in browsers and some running lists people are compiling. Do you have any you know we should be aware of?

    • Maybe if they weren’t sitting on their lazy buts, raking in the money that parents pay for this app, that doesn’t work, they could be making a better version.

  3. If this software requires a Apple ID if my daughter changes the Apple ID linked to the survalince acount will it terminate the software or will it transfer to the new account.

    • The only thing the Apple ID is used for is to purchase the app. If our app is already downloaded on a device, and you change the store Apple ID on that device, it doesn’t remove apps under the previous ID.

  4. It never ceases to terrify me how “parenting” gets equated with “restricting” “controlling” “monitoring” etc…
    when it seems that things like “communicating” “interacting” and “understanding” are so much more effective, and realistic, especially in this context. Kids are going to do what they want to do, eventually, somewhere.
    Might not be much more than a waste of time to use things like this that only postpone this – and facilitate rebellion or backlash.

    • We agree! We just believe that monitoring – more specifically, a weekly Accountability Report – should be a tool to facilitate the conversation.

      We also strongly believe that kids should be protected from a young age, and that parents should update their child’s settings with their child. A 5-year-old, for example, should use a pretty restricted filter – you don’t want your very young child to stumble on porn at all, and they’re not even necessarily going to be able process content on news/tabloid sites. As the child ages, restrictions should be removed progressively. By high school, some parents may even want to allow their teen to choose whether or not they want to be filtered anymore, and may want to send their teens their own Accountability Reports, to show that these conversations are meant to be two-way streets.

  5. I appreciate this post. We are strong supporters of Covenant Eyes. We have been able to help our 20 year old son with CE. The only thing we dislike is Facebook app for Iphone. He was fine with us removing any apps we wanted, and blocking the ability to download apps. If we delete Facebook too, all he would have is a few games and texting. I know how bad FB can be, and wish each page seen on FB could be recorded as well.

    • Thanks for the suggestion. While we built the Covenant Eyes app to work hand-in-hand with the device’s built-in Restrictions, we knew this had its limitations. Other apps, if they are not themselves safe, can become back doors to temptation. (We talk about that issue in this video.)

      We are working on other possible solutions for iOS users, and I’ll pass your thoughts along to our developers.

  6. How can I monitor my child’s iPad in a way similar to History in a web browser. I want to know what Apps he’s been using and when he turns it on and off. Can you help

    • Hi Maria,
      With iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, we currently only monitor what sites are visited through the Covenant Eyes app. We are hoping to develop an all device monitoring solution for iOS in the future but we want to do it the right way, meaning no Jailbreaking or other fishy practices.

  7. I think it is necessary to have a monitoring tool on our kids mobile devices. We need to monitor what they are doing because internet is open for everyone and we dont know what they might stumble along the way. Sounds like a creepy parent but i think its necessary since they’re so young.

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