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Internet Porn Panic Button

March 25, 2008

If you aren’t already familiar with it, the best resource for accountability in the use of the Internet is called “Covenant Eyes“. This program is not designed to stop you from visiting a site (try looking up anything on “Breast Cancer” with NetNanny or SafeSurf”) but rather it sends out a report each week on where you’ve been. There is virtually no way you can trick the program and get around it. For a very small fee each month, you can have your report sent to anyone…your spouse, your boss, your pastor, your counselor…or maybe even an accountability partner. I have my reports sent to two different people. Knowing that my wife and my accountability partner would be able to see everywhere I go on the Internet virtually eliminates the temptation for me.

But now, Covenant Eyes has another feature. It is called “The Panic Button”. It is reserved for those people who still struggle with porn and are totally committed to removing it from their lives. As you use the Internet, if the temptation to view porn is too great, and you don’t want to give in, you can hit the panic button and it will completely prevent you from using any part of the Internet. Then, when you feel your self-control returning, you can call them up and they will reset it in your computers.

Of course, I advocate getting Theophostic therapy for any addiction, but this is a good additional tool to help with the occasional mental slipups.

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5 comments

  1. Yes, Covenant Eyes pretty much ended the temptation for me.


  2. I use CE on every computer in my house and office. It doesn’t take the temptation away from me, rather it deals with the sin/desire in my heart each time.

    I appreciate the program because I will have to answer for all my struggles, not just find another loophole in the system.


  3. Yes, that’s a good way to describe it. It’s not so much that it takes away the desire, but it makes me accountable for what I do with the desire.


  4. Mike,

    I’m glad Covenant Eyes has been a helpful resource for you.

    I too like Theophostic therapy and think it is a sorely neglected mode of counseling. Coupled with pouring over and studying the Word of God, theophostic therapy can really transform us by renewing our minds and hearts.

    Did you read yesterday’s blog on the Covenant Eyes blog site? Check it out at http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008/03/25/suggestion-about-our-panic-button/ and add any comments you might have.

    Luke Gilkerson
    Internet Community Manager
    Covenant Eyes
    http://www.covenanteyes.com

    “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1)


  5. Thanks Luke, I will check it out



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