What is a Filter Guardian? Who should be one?
Each user can have a personal Filter Guardian. By default, the Account Administrator will act as the Filter Guardian for all users on the account, but the Account Administrator can invite anyone to be a Filter Guardian for users on the account. This means that an Account Administrator who also uses the Filter can hand over control of their Filter to someone else, like their Accountability Partner.
Filter Guardians control all aspects of the Filter. They set time limits and adjust the sensitivity of the Filter. They also create custom block/allow lists, and allow certain pages through the Filter on request.
If your kids use the Covenant Eyes Filter, you or your spouse should be their Filter Guardian. If you plan to use the Filter yourself, you should consider asking someone you trust to manage your Filter, such as your spouse or Accountability Partner.
How do I add or change a Filter Guardian?
You can switch, invite, or assign a Filter Guardian for free in your online account.
- To assign or invite a Filter Guardian, go to the “Manage Users” page in My Account. Click the gear icon by the user for whom you are assigning or inviting a Filter Guardian. Next, select the “Filtering” tab and click on “Guardians.” Finally, you can assign another user from the account as the Filter Guardian, or invite someone from outside the account by entering an e-mail address.
I’m the Filter Guardian? What do I do?
There are five main settings for you to adjust. You can make these changes for a Filter user through the “Manage Users” link in My Account by clicking the gear icon by the user for whom you are adjust the filter setting for. Then select the “Filter” tab and click on “Filter Settings.”
1. Adjust the Filter Sensitivity Level for each user
Covenant Eyes rates every website according to six age-based ratings. The Filter sensitivity level is based on these ratings. The default setting is Teen, but that will likely be too strict for an adult. You may choose a sensitivity level individually for each Filter user on your account.
For instance, if you want to allow only the websites rated Teen and younger, set that user at the T level. If you want to allow only the websites rated Mature and younger, set that user at the M level. Again, each user can have their own Filter settings, so you don’t have to use a one-size-fits-all approach.
2. Set Time of Day Blocking for each user
This feature is currently not available for mobile devices.
For each Filter user on your account, you can block certain times of day. This means you can restrict the Filter user from going online after midnight, for example.
3. Add websites to each user’s Allow and Block lists
In addition to our age-based sensitivity levels, you can create a custom list of blocked or allowed websites for each user. Each Filter user has access to block websites by themselves, but only the Filter Guardian can add sites to the Allow List.
Because the Covenant Eyes rating system rates each web page for its content, a domain with a variety of content could have some pages that rate higher and other pages that rate lower. Regardless of the sensitivity setting of the Filter, there might be an entire website you always want to block or you always want to allow. You can make these special lists for each user based on your needs.
If you are present when the user visits a blocked page, you can use your username and password to unblock the page. On Windows, doing this adds that page to the user’s allow list, so you may want to remove it from the list of allowed sites after the user is done. On Mac, iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad®, this override lasts only until Covenant Eyes is refreshed, or until the user signs out of Covenant Eyes.
4. Understand overrides
You can give any Filter user “override” rights. Any user with override rights can allow a specific web page through the Filter. On Windows, this page is added to the Allow List. On Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, this page is only allowed until Covenant Eyes is refreshed or until the user signs out of Covenant Eyes.
This feature is helpful for adults who are using the Filter to prevent objectionable content from inadvertently popping up, but who also don’t want to have to contact you every time they want to view a specific page.
5. Understand the “Allow List Only” filter setting
When adjusting the Filter sensitivity settings for each user, the most constrained level available is called “Allow List Only.” When a user is set to Allow List Only, this means all websites will be blocked except CovenantEyes.com and any websites on this user’s allow list. If you want to restrict a specific user, you should also build a custom allow list for that user to give them access to the specific sites they need to visit.