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Privacy and Accountability Go Hand-in-Hand – The Wired Homeschool

Privacy and accountability go hand-in-hand. Parents have a moral obligation to protect the privacy of their children.

Brad McFadden wrote an excellent article about privacy and accountability in our families. In it, he discusses why privacy is important and how accountability helps to protect a family’s privacy. Here’s and excerpt of that article:

As parents we should be very mindful of our children’s privacy. We should also foster openness within our families. Openness encourages trust, honesty, liberty and acceptance. Secrets are destructive to relationships and an ongoing tolerance of secrets is fertile ground for mistrust, deception and unfaithfulness. Privacy itself, however, is not a negative attribute. As our children get older their sense of privacy develops and grows. As parents we must mold and help them understand their new inner desire for privacy. Just like with all their maturing personal needs and desires it is our responsibility to teach them what is appropriate and what is not. It seems to me there is a growing confusion between privacy, secretiveness, openness and accountability. With the following principles I attempt to bring some distinctive clarity as I examine privacy, its value and its limits.

Read the rest of the article at Grace Junkies.

Besides the moral and philosophical reasons for protecting privacy, there are also practical steps parents can take to protect the privacy of their children. This hand infographic gives some great advice.

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Filtering Now Available in Covenant Eyes for iPhone – The Wired Homeschool

The latest release of Covenant Eyes for iPhone now support content filtering. From Breaking Free Blog:

Covenant Eyes Internet Browser FilterThe app was released in the winter of 2009 as an accountability tool: monitoring all websites visited through the browser app and sending a regular Internet report to “Accountability Partners” you choose (such as a parent, spouse, or friend).

Now the browser also filters Internet access, blocking websites using age-based settings. (Learn more about the rating system.)

Choose what you want the browser app to do. Do you want it just to monitor Internet activity? Buy just the Accountability service. Do you want it to block websites? Buy just the Filtering service. Or buy both if you want both services.

Buy multiple usernames and choose different services for people who use your devices. Have one username that just filters, another that just monitors, another that does both. It’s entirely up to you.

With the addition of filtering, parents can now provide comprehensive internet protection for their children. Not only will you get the award-winning reporting service provided by Covenant Eyes but you’ll also get a browser that filters unsafe content.

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