|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."
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:
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
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.