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CrimeWatch: TCSO's new gadget Computer Cop


The Travis County Sheriff's Office just came out with a new tool that they hope will help protect kids in an ever growing dangerous environment, the internet. The new gadget is called Computer Cop.

Sheriff Greg Hamilton says cyberbulling and predators are a big problem.

"A lot of times kids are being bullied over the internet and if you look at the newspapers around the country, a lot of people can't take it anymore and they're committing suicide," he said. "In this day and age, it's real hard being a parent especially with this economic downturn and you've got parents working all the time so they're not going to be with their kids all the time."

The CD shows parents how to safeguard their kids against chat room predators, and it locks the computer so it can't be used for internet surfing and email. The software captures internet photos viewed on the computer, tracks keystrokes & analyzes instant messaging & email. The monitoring program searches for some 4,000 key words, like "suicide" and curse words.

Sheriff Hamilton says this software is a just a tool. Parents need to talk to their kids.

"That if they are having problems at school as far as individuals bullying them or making threats to them, tell the authority at the school and also talk with them. I think dialogue is the best tool," he said

The CD is free, paid for from confiscated drug money. Parents can also check out the software from libraries.

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