Your son is right, it can be circumvented by using apps with built-in browsers. We suggest that all apps such as this are locked down in your iOS Restrictions settings, for iPhones, or with our App Lock in the Covenant Eyes app for Android.
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I have an iPhone and I see two ways to tackle the problem, and I've tried both depending on my needs.
1) Use the CE browser and download only a few apps.
2) Set Web Restrictions to either Specific Websites Only. The bad thing about this is that you can only visit a handful of sites, but the advantage is that you have more freedom in installing apps, because this limits the in-app browsers also.
This is a great point Ralph.
I think CE should be more upfront about the limitations of the Android application in the product description. I bought an Android phone because I thought it would be covered by CE only to realize that all apps not on the CE list were completely unmonitored. That means that CE's mission to create accountability (which it does wonderfully on mac's and pc's) fails for Android.
What's the point of a monitoring app that doesn't monitor everything? It's like having a security camera on your front door, but leaving your back door open. You either have accountability, or you don't.
I know I'm a little late to the dance on this one. I saw your comment, though, and wanted to chime in.
Covenant Eyes for Android has an app locking feature that allows you to set up your phone so that all newly installed apps are locked by default.
Start by ridding your phone of apps that allow you to pursue questionable material unmonitored. Then, you can use the app locking feature within CE to ensure that any new app you install is locked until your accountability partner unlocks it.
I hope this is helpful.
Great question! With our app locking feature we are not able to lock the Google Search widget that is usually on the home screen because technically it's not an app. However, on Android devices we are able to monitor the Google Search widget and report any searches done from there! It's only on the iOS devices where our Accountability service is limited to our browser app.
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1. Have the accountability partner spend a good amount of time with the device when it is first purchased. Give them the permission to remove everything and anything that they can find as a way to the internet (w/out accountability if that is your motivation).
2. Lock down google play
3. set disable all new apps in CE
4. If a new app is install, call it an instant guilty w/out charge. This will help remove temptation to go down the path toward sin even.
5. Have the the accountability partner do random checks for "ways out."
This does require some extra commitment, but if the accountability partner is someone who is close to you that shouldn't be an issue.
Also, I've noted that more and more apps are removing their built in browsers. Some that we've seen have them in the past, no longer have them.
Hope this helps.