PORTAL is meant to be a starting point–a guide to help protect you and your family in our ever-increasingly techno-savvy world. The contents of this guide will address topics such as accountability, filtering, maintenance and restrictions. These principles and tools are applicable to individuals of all ages.
Internet accountability is different from blocking content outright. There are programs that allow your Internet activity (e.g., websites visited, videos viewed and links clicked) to be summarized in one concise report. This is then sent to accountability partners that you have preselected; this allows for open and honest dialogue about areas of struggle on the Internet. Internet accountability is not about catching someone red-handed or about being babysat while online. Rather, it is one more step in safeguarding our hearts and our minds. Accountability is a support system—a deep relationship. This is a system for both children and adults, and many parents may choose to set up an accountability system with their child(ren).
Accountability is not a last resort; it’s a lifestyle. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Further still, Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the laws of Christ.” Through accountability, we encourage one another into open and honest conversation and toward the greater things of Jesus Christ.
There is no lack of research and statistics when it comes to pornography and online accountability. Studies show that 21 percent of young men say they view pornography almost every day, and an additional 27 percent of men view it 1-2 days a week. Furthermore, 56 percent of divorce cases involved one party having “an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.” By the age of 18, 93 percent of boys and 62 percent of girls have seen Internet porn.
In addition to the spiritual and familial ramifications, there is a financial cost to pornography as well. One month of paid Internet porn costs $60.00. One counseling session for porn addiction recovery costs $100.00. The average cost of a divorce is near $15,000.00. Then, too, there is a five year minimum sentence for the possession of child pornography with $20,000.00 bail.
If you are looking for a specific set up for your system, using our guide search below. Simply input the operating system you are using and the web browser to pull up a comprehensive guide. If you are using a system that is not included below, please contact us so that we might consider including it in future updates.
 Jason S. Carroll, Laura M. Padilla-Walker, Larry J. Nelson, Chad D. Olson, Carolyn McNamara Barry, and Stephanie D. Madsen, “Generation XXX:Pornography acceptance and use among emerging adults.” Journal of Adolescent Research 23(2008): 6-30.
 Jonathan Dedmon, “Is the Internet bad for your marriage? Online affairs, pornographic sites playing greater roles in divorces.” Press release from The Dilenschneider Group, Inc., 11/14/02.
 Chiara Sabina, Janis Wolak, and David Finkelhor, “The nature and dynamics of Internet pornography exposure for youth,” CyberPsychology and Behavior 11 (2008): 691-693.
 Kirk Doran, “Industry size, measurement, and social costs,” Presentation at Princeton University, Dec. 11-13, 2008.
 Based on counselor Joe Dallas.
 United States average.
 Federal mandatory minimum. Bail based on 2012 costs in Los Angeles.