Have you heard of Accountable2You? I personally received their Family Plan for review purposes. Have you ever wanted a way to sort of monitor your family's internet usage? Accountable2You does this while allowing your teen or other family members to be responsible and make wise choices because they have someone they are personally accountable to.
First let me share the general information. When you purchase the Family Plan at $9.99 a month, you are allowed to add up to 20 devices. You can have unlimited accountability partners. You can create Child User Accounts. You can set time limits, receive real time alerts, and instant text messages. There are also individual plans ($6.99 a month) and plans for businesses and churches. I am sure this would be handy to have on church computers and business computers to verify that they are being used for the appropriate purpose.
It was really easy to set up the account. You have a user name and a password, login and then download the internet accountable software on the devices you wish to have it installed on. It can be used on both Macs and PCs along with tablets and such. At the time of setup you will choose an accountability partner/s for each device. This person will receive reports and alerts on your usage. You might choose your spouse or close friend or relative for yours and yourself for your teen or child.
There are so many uses for Accountable2You. There is a GPS function that allows you to track your child and know where they are at all times. You can set alerts to go off if they are using their device during hours that they are not supposed to. They have a system set up that rates words found on a site, and you can even add objectionable words yourself. They do not use filters, but will work with your own filtering system. You can block particular sites yourself. They save reports for 15 days, but you can download the reports if you wish to save them. Homeschoolers who use computers during school will be able to verify that students are doing school work, not visiting other sites or playing games.
Your reports will have three different types of alerts. Green dot means Non-Objectionable, which means there was nothing found questionable on the site. A yellow dot stands for Questionable. You then review the information and if needed speak to the person about the site they were on. A red dot means the site was highly questionable and you need to review the information and take proper steps to deal with the situation. Remember this is about internet accountability. You are encouraging them to be honest and act responsibly when on the internet.
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