Through the years we have received many questions about Chromebooks and our service. This article answers the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and offers a few suggestions:
Why doesn’t Covenant Eyes cover Chromebooks?
For a variety of practical and technical reasons, we do not currently offer a Chromebook product. To keep things brief, we’ll share two specific reasons here:
- Most Chromebooks are purchased by school systems. Google has safety default settings enabled to protect children that use 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.)
- Technically speaking, 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. We could not provide the reliable accountability and filtering that people have come to expect from Covenant Eyes.
What about using the Covenant Eyes app for Android™?
Some people think that our Android app will work on a Chromebook, but the operating system of a Chromebook is distinct from an Android device. 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.
What can I do now?
Ultimately the decision is up to you, but here are four options to consider:
- Set up house rules for technology.
Internet devices should remain in public spaces, like the family room. Overnight charging can happen in the same space.
- Control the WiFi signal in your home.
Most routers can be set to use a specific connection to the internet, and some connections automatically filter out explicit content. Two industry leaders offer this for free and have good set-up guides: CleanBrowsing and OpenDNS. Please be aware that devices using Covenant Eyes Blocking may run into conflicts with the filter on the router.
- Use Google Family Link.
Google Family Link (GFL) helps parents keep an eye on their child’s online activity. This tool is helpful for Chromebooks that you own. Review this helpful, step-by-step guide for setting up GFL by our friends at Protect Young Eyes.*For school-issued Chromebooks, GFL is typically not compatible because the school manages the Chromebook. Therefore, it’s important for parents to communicate with the school in order to understand what is being monitored.
- Explore different options.
You might be able to ask the school system for permission to complete online assignments with your Windows or Mac device, rather than using the Chromebook.