Accountable2You: An Internet Accountability Program Review
Just about any device or platform is supported, making it usable on everyone's internet access points.
As far as internet protection programs go, I'm fairly familiar with filtering type programs that will prevent inappropriate content from reaching your screen. However, that is not what this program does. Accountable2You is an accountability program which keeps record of all content that is obtained and this record is sent to the accountability partner(s). This allows the user to act responsibly knowing their actions are being recorded and the accountability partner to be aware if/when there is a problem to be addressed.
In my group, we have families with different circumstances and children of different ages. Since my children are still younger, getting their feedback has given me a good picture of how I will use this program in the future.
-Time Limits: You can set time limits or curfews on device usage. If the time limit is exceeded, the accountability partner receives a notification.
-Key Word or Questionable Words. Of course, there are standard levels of inappropriate words, but you can set any word to be notified about. Want to know every time your address is entered somewhere? Does your child have a friend you're concerned about? Is there a topic you want to know is being discussed? Even something as simple as a time waster in the form of their favorite toy being searched for can be set to alert you.
-Text Alerts. As soon as a time limit, questionable word or any specific crossing of a boundary occurs, the accountability can be alerted through a text message.
-Report Frequency. Each accountability partner receives regular reports of all activity. You can choose to get this daily or weekly for each device.
In many cases, we are parents trying to effectively manage and protect our children from dangerous situations and this program has proved to be a great tool for that purpose. The reality is, many people (not just men) are finding themselves drowning in an unhealthy online relationship or pornography addiction. As uncomfortable or dysfunctional circumstances can get in these cases, this type of program could be your best friend for a while. Whatever your needs, we highly recommend considering this program for your internet accountability needs!