Chromebooks and Covenant Eyes

Covenant Eyes is incompatible with Chromebooks. Select an option below to learn more:

Why doesn’t Covenant Eyes work on Chromebooks?

For various practical and technical reasons, we do not currently offer a Chromebook product. To keep things brief, we’ll share two reasons:

  1. Most Chromebooks are purchased by school systems. Google has safety default settings that protect children using Chromebooks for schoolwork. School systems are also required to provide some form of online protection, which often prevents apps, like Covenant Eyes, from being installed on the school profile. (Note: If you feel like the safety settings are not working on your child’s Chromebook, contact the IT department at your child’s school.)
  2. The operating system of a Chromebook is much different from a standard computer. So it would be difficult to “lockdown” our program on a Chromebook, which means it would be easy to get around.

Can I use the Covenant Eyes Android™ app on Linux?

The Covenant Eyes Android™ app is not compatible with Chromebooks. You may be able to install our Android™ app on a Chromebook (some people have), but the Covenant Eyes Android™ app will not run properly.

How can I protect a Chromebook?

Ultimately the decision is up to you, but here are three options to consider:

  1. Create device stations in public areas in your home.
    We recommend you set up and use your devices in a shared space, like the family room. For example, you can set up a “gaming desk,” “homework computer station,” or “work desk” in your living room. When you take away the secrecy of device usage, people make better, healthier choices with their devices.
  2. Protect your home by adjusting the settings on your router (the device that sends and amplifies your WiFi).
    You can decrease the availability of inappropriate content by changing your router’s connection settings. CleanBrowsing and OpenDNS are free filtering companies. If you change your connection settings on your router to one of them, they’ll filter explicit content on any device that connects to your WiFi.

    Note: Devices that use Covenant Eyes Filtering and connect to a WiFi network with filtering may experience connectivity or filtering issues.
  3. Use Google Family Link.
    Google Family Link (GFL) helps parents monitor their children’s Chromebook activity. Review this step-by-step guide by Protect Young Eyes to set up GFL.

    *GFL is not usually compatible with school-issued Chromebooks because the school manages the Chromebook. Therefore, parents must ask the school if the school is monitoring the Chromebook.
  4. Consider a different device.
    If you are experiencing the temptation to look at inappropriate content on a Linux-based device because Covenant Eyes isn’t monitoring it, consider switching to Windows or Mac® computer so Covenant Eyes can watch it.