Filtering In Apps

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Hi, friends! I was wondering if there was a way to filter content within other mobile apps. For example, pornographic and other offensive content is available on Twitter, Instagram, and other social networking sites. Though the Covenant Eyes software blocks those sites in a mobile browser, it appears that users can still access such content within the Twitter app, Instagram app, and apps of a similar nature.

Is there a way to block pornographic and other offensive content within those apps through Convenant Eyes? If not, do those apps offer parental controls that can be enabled? Are there other services that assist in filtering content on those sites?

(If not, this would be a great feature to add to the Covenant Eyes toolkit!)

Thank you all for your insight!
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Stephen Boyd

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Posted 3 years ago

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Hello Stephen,

Thank you for your post! To answer your first question, presently Covenant Eyes does not have a way to filter INSIDE of applications. This is the case for both our iOS and Android app. To be properly filtered on both the best solution is to delete those apps (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc.) and use the browser to access those sites and be filtered by Covenant Eyes.

To answer your second question, on Android, I am not aware of any parental controls to enable that will filter in app browsing. The only solution that comes to mind is a router based filter, which would have the in app filtering capabilities, but once you disconnect from that particular wifi there is no more filtering. On iOS there is a setting for website filtering within the restrictions that can help filter browsing activity inside of an application, however, from our testing, it has been known to be somewhat inconsistent, but it is better than nothing, in my opinion.

We certainly appreciate your feedback and I will pass along your wish of an app browsing filter to our developers! Thank you again for sharing your suggestions!

Best regards,
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May I suggest a VPN version/option for CE? Route all traffic of the device through the service/server/system, installed at the level of the OS?
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Sam Fletcher

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Other than using social media apps illicit content, an overwhelming number of apps today take you to some version of Safari within the app.  Doesn't matter if you have "Install New Apps" turned off in iPhone Settings, and Safari disabled, you can still often get to open, unmonitored, unfiltered internet (even though it doesn't have full Safari functionality) on everything from news apps, to productivity apps like Google Drive etc.  Essentialy anything that has a weblink you can click on.

I know you guys at CE have been working hard on this for a long time, but getting some kind of capability within the iOS Safari browser, or across all iPhone apps, would really be a gamechanger.  Conversely, without such a fix, it is sadly quite the Achilles heel in your technology.

I know much of the blame/difficult is on the part of Apple, but please keep doing all you can to fix this!

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Enhanced iPhone Accountability Is Here.

Click on the link at the top to learn more, or go to the App Store to install it!

[For this thread - filtering is still at its' best within the CE browser. Safe search is now enforced on Google and Bing in all apps. And YouTube's 'restricted mode' is enforced in the Youtube app.]

We appreciate any and all feedback.
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Alex Bennett

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The iPhone has a way that you can change your VPN. Will doing that allow access on other apps?