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Special software meant to help concerned parents monitor their child's Internet activity is being offered for free by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. "ComputerCop" allows parents to review their child's Internet actions and find out if their children are being exposed to any harmful or inappropriate material, Chicago's WBBM-TV reports.
“As the number of children who use technology continues to soar, the need for education and the commitment to the protection of children who are exposed to online predators must also increase,” said State Attorney Anita Alvarez.
What does ComputerCop do, exactly, and how can you ensure your child's online safety?
ComputerCop was developed by several law enforcement agencies, including the F.B.I., and Cook County is not the only area offering the software. Several other counties, including Solano County in California, are offering it as well, with some places charging a small fee.
A key feature of the ComputerCop software is a database of around 2,000 "red-flagged" words that are associated with pornography, violence, and drugs. The program also:
Besides the ComputerCop software, what are some other ways that parents can protect their children when it comes to online activity? Here are a few options:
For more information about online safety for children, check out FindLaw's Online Safety For Kids.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.