Software Blocks Internet Predators from Children

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ChatGuard acts as a virtual neighborhood watch by blocking online sexual solicitation of children.

Mike Simms sits at his computer typing in an Internet chat room posing as a 15-year-old female. He has gained the attention of several males, ranging in age from 20 to 48, and one of them sends “cyber have cam”. Which means, want to have cyber sex? I have a web camera. The chat session is instantly terminated. Mike never saw that text, nor does he know why the chat was suddenly dropped until he reads the log file that documented the chat session.

Mike is the founder of S CALL Communications makers of ChatGuard software (http://www.chatprotection.com), the first software program that monitors and takes control of chat sessions accessed by online sexual predators. “The majority of the programs on the market today protect a child by monitoring that child’s online habits”, says Mike. “ChatGuard protects the child by targeting the predator and monitoring other users.” Monitoring is done by recognizing words and phrases specific to online predators. Once detected, the chat is dropped, the session is logged, and the user name of the solicitor is blocked from any future contact with any and all computers running ChatGuard software.

Information such as the solicitor’s location, user name and chat log can be accessed and searched by law enforcement through a secure web server. So, technically, ChatGuard becomes a virtual police officer, alerted to a predator’s behavior and able to record statistical information to help law enforcement in its fight against this crime. It becomes your child’s protective watchdog and law enforcement’s tipster.

Other ChatGuard tools include the ability for law enforcement officers to contact the predators by their user names in order to affect an arrest, the ability to add words and phrases to the extensive library, and add or delete user names to the Blocked Users list. The search tool allows officers to type in a word or phrase, such as “Are you alone?” or “Can I come over?”, and ChatGuard will list all log files of predator usernames who typed these phrases.

Parents are also given power with ChatGuard. They have the option of setting up a parental library of terms, such as “skip school” or “sneak out.” Upon detection of these terms, the chat session is logged for parents to review. ChatGuard keeps personal information such as address and phone numbers from being sent or received, and blocks words and phrases typical of cyber bullying.

ChatGuard may be purchased online at http://www.chatprotection.com. Monitoring of two computers retails for $49.95.

According to the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC), one out of four youth who used the Internet regularly last year was exposed to unwanted pornography, and nearly one in five encountered unwanted sexual solicitations and approaches. Few of these incidents were reported to authorities, and more than half were not disclosed to parents.

About S Call Communications, L.L.P.

S Call Communications, a privately held company based in Montgomery, Texas, is a technology developer in the fields of telecommunications and computer software aimed at improving personal security for its users. S Call specializes in practical, easy-to-use communications applications that provide safeguards designed to protect families and individuals against predators, but do not interfere with daily routines.

About Mike Simms

Mike Simms, president and founder of S Call Communications, has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including technology development, deployment, and management of voice and data networks. His critical insights into the market, coupled with access to the latest technological trends, have enabled him to build S Call’s core platforms efficiently and quickly. His strong sense of family values and personal security drives the company’s mission and product development. Mike can be reached at (936) 499-9371.

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