For this review we tried out the Family Plan of Accountable2You. Pornography is a growing problem today, mostly because access to it has never been easier. It has most recently be labeled the “new drug” and families everywhere are taking precautions against it. Unfortunately the temptation is there for many, and many are striving to overcome this serious addiction. Whether you or someone you love is struggling with pornography addiction, or you want to take precautions to safeguard yourself, or loved ones from the grasp of it’s ravenous claws, this program would be a great tool for you!
We have filters on our computer, we are very careful about what our children have access too, as well as safeguarding ourselves (my husband and I). We have strict rules about internet use and location of use. However, you never know! Router filters don’t work if you aren’t at home, and pornography makers are often sneaking and find the means to infiltrate our homes.
Accountable2you is NOT a filter. It’s a accountability program that allows an individual to be responsible for their own internet use. Whether you are fighting a current addiction, or avoiding the pit of pornography, this program keeps you accountable!
It works by making an account, appointing an accountability partner and then installing onto your device. Your accountability partner is then notified if you should access any questionable or highly questionable information on the web.
If you use windows and have multiple accounts, it must be added to each individual account browser… ie, it’s on my account for chrome browser and also on my son’s account on his chrome browser. For newer Kindles you must install the app.
This program doesn’t need to be used JUST for pornography. You can set up key words for which to be notified, as well as set time limits. For example, my son has been known to window shop instead of do his school work! I set key words such as Amazon, Target, Lego, Angry Birds and Minecraft. You can opt for emails or text message, you can request instantaneous, or daily or weekly reports. So, when my son accesses any of those keyword items, I receive a text message! We played around with it a bit, to see how it would work!
If he triggers any of the words listed, I receive a test message that tells me exactly what website he was on and when. (it comes within 5 minutes of him accessing it).
I also set a time limit on his account, if he gets on the computer outside of the time parameters, I receive an email, stating when he was on and what websites he went to. You can see below the email I received when he was on the computer before the 8am time limit. Lucky for him, he was doing his math
I also received some emails when I searched questionable words that are preprogrammed. For example, I was purchasing a book from Amazon to help teach kids about the dangers of pornography, and received a red flag email.
Otherwise I receive daily emails, with a link to the history of that device. Emails are only sent more often if there are red flagged items! You can opt for emails weekly instead of daily, with instant notifications via email or text message for questionable or highly questionable material. Accountability partners are notified if the main account user makes any changes to their account, particularly to the list of questionable and highly questionable words.
This is a really great way to help someone overcome their addiction, or better yet to avoid the possibility of one at all! It could be used to help maintain the amount of time someone spends online, to stop them from gaming or gambling online as well as other things. The possibilities seem to be endless!