Free software to monitor online activity of children to be available in Horry, Georgetown

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 1, 2013 

— Families in Horry and Georgetown counties will be eligible to receive free computer software to monitor the online activity of their children, according to a news release.

Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson is expected to host a news conference Oct. 9 at the Carolina Forest Library to introduce the software called: Computer COP. The software can be used by family members to determine how a child is using a computer by examining a computer’s disk drive, looking for images, videos, text files and Internet history containing potentially inappropriate words or phrases.

A premium edition of the software also is available to monitor the user’s keystrokes for objectionable words and parents can receive a copy of any email sent by their child, according to the release. This feature will catch one side of all chat and e-mail conversations.

More information will be available when the software is introduced.

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