Virginia Beach offers free "Computer Cop" software to parents

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:00 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH    The Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney's office is offering free software to parents to help monitor their kids online activity.  It’s called “Computer Cop,” and the software allows parents to see whom their children are talking to online, what photos they’re viewing and what websites their kids are visiting. Parents will get alerts when their children type certain key words like “drugs” or “gangs.”

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office decided to hand out the discs to help prevent children from being charged with cyber crimes.  Public Information Officer Macie Pridgen noted their office is seeing more cases of kids getting into legal trouble online, from posting threats to uploading sexual photos.

Monday, Commonwealth’s Attorney Elect Colin Stolle visited Shelton Park Elementary to give a presentation on internet safety and to give the Computer Cop software to parents.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office spent $25,000 for 5,000 discs. The cost was covered by using money seized from drug dealers.

Virginia Beach families can get a copy of the discs at their local library or by calling 385-4401.

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