It is natural to think that having more filtering tools makes a safer browsing experience. Unfortunately, in the tech world, this is not always true. In reality, two programs that are trying to do the same thing can end up “fighting” each other and the person using the computer gets frustrated by slow internet connections or poor computer performance.
For this reason, if you are using Covenant Eyes’ Filtering service with Web Content Restrictions (filtering) in Screen Time, we recommend configuring Screen Time to allow Covenant Eyes to run smoothly and without interference.
How to configure the Screen Time filter
- Start by locating the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of the desktop. Click the icon and select “System Preferences” in the drop-down menu.
- A new window will appear and you can click “Screen Time.”
- The Screen Time window will appear with options on the left side. Select “Content & Privacy.” (If you previously created a Screen Time passcode, you will need to enter that now.)
- The Web Content filtering options will display near the top of the screen. If you don’t wish to use Web Content restrictions, you can select “Unrestricted Access.” Otherwise, select “Limit Adult Websites” then press “Customize.”
- Next, click on the “+” below the “Allow” section. Type in the four domains necessary to exclude Covenant Eyes from filtering:
- Finally, press “OK.”
Good job! Now, both Screen Time and Covenant Eyes should be able to offer filtering without conflicting.
Note: On macOS Catalina (10.15) Apple introduced the Screen Time feature as a replacement for Parental Controls. If you are using macOS 10.14, or earlier, you can learn how to disable Parental Controls here.