You understand how important it is for parents to know what their kids are doing on the internet. A good monitoring and accountability system gives us the tools we need to train our children in the way they should go, and to offer coaching when they start to veer off toward dangerous territory. I’m Steve Dwire, founder of Edify Hub, and in this video, I’ll share with you the software I found to establish accountability with my family’s internet activity. It’s called Accountable2You, and this video series shows you how to set it up.
First, visit edifyhub.com/accountability, click on Accountable2You, then click Get Started.
If you’re looking for a monitoring and accountability solution for only one person, or for a church, small group, or business, go back to edifyhub.com/accountability to find the videos on setting up those accounts. Right now, I’m going to show you how you’ll set up a family account to monitor activity on all of the computers, phones, and tablets for both you and your kids.
Click the Try It Free button to sign up for the Family Plan.
Enter your personal information, time zone, and country. Enter the username and password that you’ll use to log on to manage your family’s account in the future.
Accountable2You will be watching your internet activity and storing it so your accountability partners can see it. It may be worth taking the time to read through their legal agreements to see what they collect and what they do with that data.
We won’t take the time to do that right now, though. Of course, I’m sure you’ll read it carefully.
When you’re satisfied, check the “I agree” box and click Continue again.
Decide whether you want the consistency of monthly billing or the discount for annual billing when your free trial is done. Enter your credit card information, and click “Create Account”
And now you have an account with Accountable2You for yourself. If that’s all you wanted, you would have just signed up with an individual account. The whole point of the family plan is the ability to create separate accounts for each family member so you can each have different devices and different accountability partners.
Click the green Get Started button to add family members to your account.
Fill this out for each member of your family. You may choose to add your spouse as a moderator and they’ll be able to update settings for the whole family. Enter the name and email address of the family member you’re adding, then choose how the username and password will be created. For a younger teen, you’ll probably want to set up their credentials yourself. For an older family member, you may choose to have it email them an invitation to set things up for themselves. To keep things simple here, I’ll set everything up for this family member. When you’re done, click Add Family Member.
Repeat this until you’ve added your whole family. When you’re done, click Review.
If you see here that you got anything wrong, you can click that family member’s Edit Info button. I’m assuming we didn’t make any mistakes, so we’ll click Send Invites and Install Devices.
We’ll cover installing the software and setting up accountability partners in some later videos. For now, though, there’s one more minor point to take care of. Your email address has not been verified. We’ll do that now, so check your inbox for a verification email to confirm your setup. Click the Verify Email Address button. Finally. Proceed to the Dashboard.
To finish your own account, you have two steps left. You need to install the Accountable2You software on your personal computers and mobile devices. And you need to set up your own accountability partners. If you’re going to set up the same accountability partners to monitor all of your devices, then it’s actually slightly faster to set up your partners before installing the software, but it doesn’t really make that much difference.
If you’d like to install the software next, visit edifyhub.com/accountability/install.
If you’d like to set up your accountability partners next, visit edifyhub.com/accountability/partners.