Can a filter block all bad and dangerous content from the internet?

Internet filters are a tool to help you and your family to be safe. No internet filter is a 100% safe guard to bad and dangerous content. For a thorough internet filter, the white listing of allowable websites is your best option. White listing means, that only the websites on the ‘white’ list are accessible for the users. White lists can be created by you as the owner of the internet router or be uploaded from a third party.

Any other way of filtering is done by a website scoring system. Many new websites are added every day and therefore, although scoring is a responsible way of internet filtering, it will never be a ‘catch all’ solution.

The continual changes on the internet will ask for a daily commitment to adjust filters and monitor usage. Visit our resource page to choose a filter.

How can we contact the Modern Media Committee?

The easiest way to contact us is by filling in your request on the Contact Page.  If you are in need of specific help, please contact one of the consistory members.

We are looking for router protection. Can you provide some help?

We received the question: “We’re wondering if someone would be able to give us a little help with configuring our router. We have a D-Link DIR-819 and want to restrict devices that use it. We’ve recently heard that it’s possible to be notified if someone tries to use our router and that it’s possible to manage whether or not we allow them to use it. We’ve tried to use the D-Link support but are not sure which settings we need to change to make this possible. “

We are not familiar with your router or its settings, and after doing some research on the specific router you have, we weren’t able to find these capabilities.  However, there are a couple of things you can do to check the activity on your router:
  1. Check your log options.  This can be done by going into the D-Link router’s web configuration screen and selecting the “Status” tab.  From there, click on “Logs” and you will get a detailed log on everything network-related.  It may be too detailed, so you will want to filter the log to System Activities and Notices.  I believe it f you apply these settings, it will keep for the next time you look at them.
  2. Once the logging is set up correctly, you can now go to your “Tools” tab and select “Email Settings”.  Check the box for email notifications and give your router the configuration details needed to connect to a mail server of your choice.  Some routers will have an option to schedule when these reports are to be sent.  There wasn’t a lot of detail on this in regards to the DIR-819.
We hope that helps.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any other questions or concerns.

What is a good and easy to install filter for internet?

We received the question: “I’m trying to install Covenant Eyes properly but it is not that easy to set up. What is your recommendation for just a simple filter so we can protect ourselves and the children from bad websites?”

Thank you for reaching out. The filtering experience page describes the different filter and accountability categories.
In short:
  1. Covenant eyes is more focused on being an accountability tool for spouses/individuals and older youth.
  2. If you are looking for a filter for young children, Questodio (or similar tools) is the way to go. These have better parental controls and reporting on usage.
  3. Adding a network filter on your home router protects any device that logs into your home internet, regardless of the filters on the devices.
Regarding help with Covenant eyes: our experience is superb with their help team. Call the toll-free number on their website, and they will help you every step of the way.
Hopefully, this helps you. Please do reach out again if you have any further questions.

How do I know which filter is best for myself and my family?

This is not a simple answer as it is “situation specific” for each user or family. Although we can provide you with recommended products, you will ultimately need to research and become familiar with the options to best fit your needs and circumstances.

Internet filters on digital devices is changing every day. Filtering of any device (mobile or in-home) is a must-have.  Here are our filtering experiences.

Is there a good filter for mobile phones?

There are various options for accountability and/or filtering of mobile devices. Detailed information can be found at our suggested filter page.

How can I receive help for my addiction or when a loved one is struggling with addiction?

We are glad you are visiting our website for help for your addiction. May the Lord guide you and help you to overcome your addiction. Professional help is perhaps needed, which we can not supply on this website, but a consistory member could assist you in the right direction.

Alternatively you may also read the blog which the people at Covenant Eyes put together: http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/. Even though we cannot endorse all of the religious content, the love and devotion to help fellow human-beings is highly recommended.

How do I protect visitors using my WIFI connection?

It is obviously recommended to have a filter on the WIFI router in your home and make sure that the router is password protected. This prevents visitors to enter the unfiltered internet. To our knowledge, the only commercial product that regulates WiFi protection and settings for individual devices is DNSThingy.

My child is about to buy a phone - what should I consider before that step?

Here are some practical tips on what to consider before your child receives their first phone:

PDF Download: Practical Tips

Contract Download: Teen Cell Phone Contract

Open DNS and DNSthingy are filters mentioned on the filter page. Which of these two would you recommend to use, or do we need both?

Open DNS and DNS Thingy are similar in the way they work: filtering your home router. In short, you would be able to use either one. Open DNS is free but has limited functionality and works on the ‘blacklisting’ principle. DNS Thingy works on blacklisting but also has the capacity to create a white list. DNS Thingy also monitors (and let you create) individual settings for all devices.

For a tutorial on OpenDNS: https://www.opendns.com/setupguide/?url=familyshield
For a tutorial on DNS Thingy: https://dnsthingy.com/

The other category we advise to filter is the individual devices when they are living in your filtered home router environment. Read our blog post for more details: https://modernmedia.nrclethbridge.com/internet-filtering/

When I click on links in my email nothing happens, why?

Unfortunately, Apple does not allow a third-party browser (including Net Nanny, Qustodio and Covenant Eyes) to open when you click hyperlinks within emails, texts, or apps. Instead, you must copy the hyperlink URL and paste it into the safe browser address bar. You can copy any hyperlink URL by long tapping on the link and then select “copy.” Then within the safe browser, long tap on the address bar and select “paste.”

Apple has established this limitation for all browsers except Safari. To ensure a safe internet environment, the use of the Safari browser (Default on an Apple device) needs to be disabled in the settings menu and locked behind a password. This password should be shared with your accountability partners and be unknown to the user of the Apple devices.

UPDATE

Now you can set up your iPhone to automatically open all links in Covenant Eyes!

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest version of our browser app.
  2. Disable Safari under “Restrictions” (it’s under “General” in the “Settings” app).
  3. Click a link and you’ll have the option to open it directly in Covenant Eyes.

It’s that simple!

Will there be events organized about these topics in the school or church?

The intent of the Lethbridge Modern Media committee is to organize informational evenings or workshops in the near future. Can we count on your input by forwarding some topic suggestions to us? Please use the contact form to describe your suggestions.

Why is this website closed on Sunday? How can a business close the website/ E-store to avoid transactions on Sunday?

As a Modern Media Committee, we feel that the Sunday is not given to browse the internet, and therefore we close our website on the Lord’s Day. Visitors on Sunday will be sent to the following page:

Businesses can easily add a plugin to their website to avoid visitors and shoppers from making interactions on Sunday. Resources can be found at Sunday plugin — WordPress