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Sheriff's Office Providing ComputerCOP
To Help Parents Keep Kids Safe Online

The web can be a dangerous place for your kids. "Parents are the first line of defense in the war against online sexual predators and cyber bullies," stressed Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, whose office is providing copies of a parental monitoring software program free to any interested county resident.

NOVEMBER 21, 2011 -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investing money that was obtained as part of a recent drug seizure in an effort to keep kids safe online. Sheriff Mike Sharp  purchased 5,000 copies of ComputerCOP, which enables parents to better monitor their children's web surfing, and he's making the software available to any county resident free.

"Parents are the first line of defense in the war against online sexual predators and cyber bullies," stressed Sheriff Sharp. "This parental monitoring program gives parents the tools they need to keep their children safe."

Sharp understands that the Internet can be a great tool for learning and socializing. But he also knows it can be -- like any other public setting -- a dangerous environment for kids.

During his law enforcement career, Sharp has seen too many children and teenagers at risk or having already been victimized online due to predators stalking the web and/or cyber bullies posting hateful messages. ComputerCOP, he noted, is easy to install and provides an effective safeguard.

In addition to monitoring where your child surfs online, the program captures text from online chat rooms, e-mails and instant messages. From a database of more than 2,000 "target" words, ComputerCOP scans text and online content for language that promotes drug use, is explicit and fits the profile of words sexual predators might use to lure a child. Parents can add words to this database, such as their children's names or the names of any suspected cyber bullies. They are encouraged to add their home address and phone numbers to the database, as well, to track to whom their children may be providing this crucial information.

Whether from the ComputerCOP database or among the personalized words you add, when any "target" word is used while your child is online you will receive an e-mail or text alert in real time. The software can also detect if any inappropriate images are sent to your child.

"Getting the information in real time, as something is happening, is crucial to keeping your kids safe online," said Sharp.

ComputerCOP is the only parental monitoring software recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"We want to do all we can to keep our kids safe," Sharp reiterated. "Kids represent just 20 percent of our population, but they are 100 percent of our future."

Obtaining A Copy
of ComputerCOP

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is providing free copies of the ComputerCOP software to any county resident. Those interested in obtaining a copy can attend one of seven introductory sessions the Sheriff's Office is hosting each week to briefly explain how the software works. The introductory session, which takes only about 10 minutes, is being offer at these times:

Every Monday
  10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday
  10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Every Friday
  10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

The sessions are held at the Jackson County Sheriff's Headquarters at 3310 NE Rennau Drive, Lee's Summit, Missouri 64064. For more information, call (816) 524-4302. Those interested in participating in the 6:00 p.m. session on a Wednesday should call ahead to make a reservation.

The Sheriff's Office will likley be purchasing more copies of ComputerCOP and continue providing them free to county residents.



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