Free Anti-Bullying & Anti-Predator Software Offered to Contra Costa County Parents

February 21, 2014 · 17 comments

Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson today urged parents to pick up free “computer cop” software aimed at protecting children from online predators and bullying.

The software, paid for with assets taken from drug dealers, enable parents to scan photos, videos, emails and chat messages for inappropriate content.

According to the district attorney’s office, 34 percent of 10-17 year olds have unwanted exposure to sexual material and 1 in 25 youths receive an on-line sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.

“Over the past year, our office has filed 15 cases that involve the use of the internet to victimize children. Every day children are contacted by predators throughout the internet. This software lets parents see what their kids are up to online and heads off dangerous situations before they occur” Peterson said.

The district attorney’s office recently hosted an internet crimes against children task force meeting where police officers were trained on the newest technology to capture those individuals who prey on children for sexual purposes.

“Computer cop” software enables computers to be searched for content, “cookies, “text logs with key words of a sexual nature, drug slang, gang names and terms and violent or threatening words.

The District Attorney’s office is making 500 copies of the software available.

Copies can be picked up at any contra costa county library or at any of the district attorney’s three regional offices.

1 JET February 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

This sounds like a great thing…there is far too much of this online bullying going on with kids these days. And I LOVE that this is paid for by funds raised from assets of drug dealers! Awesome.

2 Happy Thursday February 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I think it makes more sense to keep kids offline. Parents, take control!

Physical activity is healthier anyway, and so are “real friends.” Do they really need a Facebook?

3 anon February 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Kids use smart phones these days. As for computer kids know more about computers than their parents.

4 Googlar February 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Seriously? Just go to opendns.com (or equivalent alternative) and set your device dns servers to that, then block all the bad sites in there. No software and works on multiple devices, even when not on wifi (think smartphones). It’s free, you don’t need to drive anywhere, and you don’t get any “cops” in your computer. Also, check out computercop website, thing is out of 1990. Probably an NSA rootkit, anyway – why else would it be free…

5 Schmee February 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Or you can just be a better parent, get to know your kids, and actually be friends with them, get to know their friends and get involved in their lives. Your kids are probably much cooler then you.

6 WC February 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Kids using computers? That’s a bit 2007….. Thinking the money could’ve been used for something else. And I love the “pick up the software” that is so 1990s. HELLO, how about download from the coco county site.

7 mutts February 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Some successful harassment lawsuits would help. People need to be hit in the wallet to wake up and teach their kids acceptable behavior.

8 just a concordian February 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

40 dollars a pop before volume licensing deal, I think they could have found a better way to spend 0.0000005% of the confiscated drug money. A decent idea, but all the points made by previous posters are spot on. Just shows the huge disconnect between government and public.

9 funny man February 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

or you know, monitor ,interact, talk too and PARENT your children?

10 There are far better ways to February 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

save money for any expenditure, with better terms, safety, interest rates and are tax advantageous.

Anytime the government gets involved, it will cost more over time, guaranteed.

11 Courage of conviction February 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

a lost trait and exactly why so many people are overwhelmed by bullies.

Cowards are easy prey. Where is the courage to confront and deter others who have no decent values?

Entitled cowards have nothing, are nothing, are of no value to anyone.

12 Just me February 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Back in my day a “bully” was the kid that tried to kick your butt daily.

Now a “bully” is someone who says mean things about you on the Internet.

Wow times have changed.

Instead of spending all this money on software why don’t they simply teach you to turn the computer off?

13 Disgusting February 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I’m with Happy Thursday. Unless it’s something school related,kids don’t need to be online. Social interaction in person is a lot healthier, physically and mentally.

Whatever happened to kids being kids?

You can’t get bullied if you’re not on the darn computer!!!

14 nytemuvr February 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM

@Just me #12
With you on that….another sheeple generation on their merry way.

15 Craig Cannon February 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Your Local Moose Lodge will Soon Be Offering Something Called “Safe Surfing”. Yet, Another Local Resourse in the Works, to Protect Our Claycord Youth! More To Follow. I Attended The Last Moose Convention, and The Moose Program, Like The One Above Sounds Great. Eric Estrada of Retro TV Days (CHiPs) A Series About CHP Which He Starred In, is Our Spokesperson at Moose for This Program. Lots of Offerings Here to Protect Our Youth!

16 WTF February 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

12 Step the capitalization, will you?

17 Nicholas February 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I don’t know if “computer cop” is the answer. Kids can’t be bullied if they’re not online.

Parents, find a healthier alternative for your children. Get physical!

Parental involvement goes a long way.

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