The Accountability Report is a great tool for parents who want to teach their kids about Internet safety and responsibility. Here’s how to get started.
1. Explain Why Your Family Uses Covenant Eyes.
Ultimately, as parents, we hope Internet safety software is not just a tactic we use to keep our kids in line while they are under our roof. We want them to buy into the need for Internet protection for themselves. We want them to become their own watchdogs online.
Explain to your kids what accountability really is, the problem with online secrecy, and what you expect of them when they use the Internet. To help you with this, download Accountable Kids, our guide for explaining Covenant Eyes to your kids.DOWNLOAD ACCOUNTABLE KIDS
2. Be Consistent Talking to Your Kids About Their Reports.
As with all Accountability relationships, your kids need to know that you are looking at their Reports regularly. Look at them weekly, and set a time to sit down and talk with them about their online habits.
Not sure how to get the conversation started? We’ve created a one-page discussion guide to help.
3. Look at What Your Kids are Looking At
Watch the YouTube videos your children watch, and consider printing the lyrics for music videos. Friend your kids on Facebook, and actively read their status updates. These will help you have specific conversations (not yelling matches) about wise Internet use…and also help you understand their interests.
4. Set the Example
If you want your children to live a lifestyle of Accountability, you need to model it for them. Let your kids know that somebody is holding you accountable, and consider showing them your own Accountability Report on occasion.
5. Teach Your Kids About Internet Temptations
- Dear Dads: Don’t Just Protect Yourselves from Porn – Give your kids the same protection you wish was available when you were their age.
- 5 Commandments of Adolescent Internet Safety – Internet safety is something every parent should teach to their teens.
- 5 Reasons Christian Parents Are Scared to Talk to Kids About Porn – What prevents parents from having this discussion, even when they know there is a problem?
- Do your kids think you’re a hypocrite? – Why modeling accountability speaks louder than words.
- Turning Online Mistakes into Teachable Moments – Make the most of your teen’s mistakes.