Do you want to find out every time your child encounters something online about sex, drugs, crime, or cyber bullying? Now you can! Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge is giving away copies of a computer monitoring program known as ComputerCOP at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Crimes against Children office at:
1387 Industrial Boulevard Dallas, GA 30132
The disks were bought by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Internet Crimes against Children unit using federal grant funding and provided to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. “The program is very easy to use,” noted Sheriff Gulledge. It can be installed on a home computer and used to scan for keywords such as “porn” or “marijuana.” The software also reviews pictures and videos as well as saves emails and chats.
This software should initiate conversation between parents and children about what is appropriate Internet use. By combining this communication with the use of the software, we hope to help parents protect their children from the hidden dangers of the Internet.
Awareness, Not Blocking
Sheriff Gulledge also pointed out that the software does not block any content from the computer. “It simply finds it so parents can review what their children see online, and then report any potentially illegal communications to law enforcement.” He added that, “ComputerCOP looks for things that we don’t want our kids to see or do.”
The software has over 5,000 keywords in its database that it will search and allows parents to add additional keywords. The software also has a reporting feature that allows you to send any inappropriate chat or image directly to your local law enforcement agency.