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A little while ago I was writing about productivity and how to use a Chromebook/Google Drive to be productive.  While I still absolutely love my Chromebook, I do have some caution to share with you parents!

While some will say a Chromebook is a stripped down PC, it is a bit more complicated than that. When people say it is a stripped down version of a PC, what they mean is that it is a very basic PC or it cannot do all a PC can do. While this is true, it still has its advantages.

What I Like About a Chromebook

With my Acer C720, I can get around 8 hours of battery life. The 16GB version sells for under $200. For my use of writing on my blog and for using the web (social media, Logmein, and almost everything else), it works great!
I purposely purchased a smaller screen and I thoroughly enjoy it. I still enjoy the lightweight of this machine, and I am willing to ride my road bike and have this on my back.
With Chromecast, this machine can broadcast anything displaying on my tab within Google Chrome to my TV (Hulu, Netflix, etc).
If I was still in school, this would have been the machine I would have picked to take to College to write my papers, engage in blackboard (online center), and to use as my everyday computer. The Calendar is also a great tool and syncs well across multiple devices.
Sounds like a great device, right?

My Caution(s)

I’ll get right to the point, my biggest concern is not with the hardware, but with the inability for many men and women who need online accountability support. What I mean is products such as Covenant Eyes and Safe Eyes.
I was a Safe Eyes user for many years. However, most of these kind of applications and programs do not work very well running on mobile or other kinds of devices besides Mac or PC.
Little to no accountability software available

I tell you this because even on a Chromebook, there is little help available. I did just discover Accountable2you available on Chromebooks. I am unfamiliar with it, yet in my little research it seems that it would be extremely easy to remove. Most teens and adults my age are very familiar with uninstalling a program. In fact, removing a program is like second nature.

Wouldn’t this be the case with Safe Eyes on a PC? While, some may be able to uninstall it successfully, most will find it extremely difficult if not impossible. The reason is because you need an uninstall password and without it, it can seriously mess up your computer.

However, on a Chromebook, it is an easy uninstall button. Or really, no good option for accountability, support, or internet protection against pornography, drugs, and you name it.

Final Thoughts

The point of this post is to equip parents with the caution of a Chromebook. Like I said, I think a Chromebook is a great machine, but it comes with a caution. I want you parents to be fully equipped.
A Chromebook (like other electronic devices) can be used to glorify God and for many other good purposes. Yet, temptation can come at any minute and no one is prone to it.
If you have any questions about this, please let me know.
-Justin Davito

 

Justin is a husband, father, and a writer. He is passionate about equipping parents, glorifying Jesus, and helping the local church. Justin currently resides in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

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