Covenant Eyes App for Gaming Consoles

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Hello everyone, I wanted to express my concern for the need of accountability for console gamers. I know that there are so many people, including myself, that needs accountability on consoles. I actually had to give up my gaming (at least for now) because it became a huge stumbling block. There needs to be something done to create accountability for consoles. I was thinking that an app, of some kind, on the consoles that creates accountability would be great since all the new consoles rely on an app system. I wanted to hear other people's thoughts. 
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Ryan Lynch

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I agree that video gaming is a huge issue in America today. I saw that when my son was 5 years old he was highly addictive to gaming. Since then we have not allowed video games in our house. We did let him use learning games with good behavior, grades, etc. He is 17 now. He has seen the issues that many of his peers have - incessantly talking about video games, scores, kills, wanting to stay up all night and game, etc. It's pretty annoying that many kids want to only talk about this when they get together. He is very intelligent and gifted with computers so his gift is also his temptation...he is going to continue to need accountability as he grows up. I am hoping and praying that his accountability partner will hold him to his goals and that Covenant Eyes will be able to help. An app is definitely something that is needed for people to see what their gaming habits are like and to make sure they don't take over their life. 
Ryan, I found this website years ago and I think it has a lot of help on it. I hope it blesses you! Thank you for recognizing the need to be accountable! God bless you!
http://www.olganon.org/home
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I believe having something on the systems may give a gamer a reality check. These systems have just as much internet access as a computer. This is where issues in my household come from. Porn is just as accessible on these systems and I don't know what to do to get it to go away.
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Not sure if this thread is still open but I agree. There is not much in the way of options for accountability. There is now the circle (which is a router based filtering system) yet that is not that helpful in the way of accountability (at least for the single college student). These systems are designed for parental control, not accountability. Once the child becomes an adult, and moves out of the house, they lose there effectiveness (at least, this has been my experience. I would love to hear if anyone else has found a better solution). Covenant eyes is designed to be an accountability software which is why it is so effective.

Though I grew up with video games and still play them (though with an old xbox 360 without online capabilities), and as much as it hurts the gamer in me to say this, I don't think I would get a new counsel (of any type) as it stands now. They are, for all practical purposes, computers with access to the web. I would not suggest getting them if they continue to have access to the internet without accountability. Video games are not worth that price.
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Hi Everyone,

I realize that this is a very late reply, but the question about CE on Smart TV's is asked on a regular basis. My co-worker, John, had a good answer to this same question. Here is what he wrote:

"Long term we would love to be able to provide solutions for every device in your home. Fortunately most (if not all) Smart TV's have built in parental controls that can help you out a lot with controlling the content that gets played. The same thing goes for the Xbox. I would investigate implementing those for now, and if/when Covenant Eyes can cover those types of device in the future, we will let you know."

We appreciate your desire to deal with the bad content that can be found online; whether it's on a laptop, a cellphone, or a Smart TV. And, like John said, we will let you know when we have something for Smart TV's and gaming systems.

Robert
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Any news on console accountability and security?
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Malachi,

Thanks for asking. At this time there are no developments for CE on game consoles. Our focus has been on the four main operating systems (Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android) and they keep us plenty busy. Gaming consoles use different operating systems.

Currently, the first option is still the parental controls provided by the console manufacturer. Another option is to use something at the router level, like OpenDNS or Circle. That will, in some manner, address internet browsing on a gaming console within the reach of that wi-fi signal.

Thanks again for asking,

Robert