KEARNY, N.J. (PRWEB) May 14, 2020
Pervasive Group Inc. today announced that MMGuardian, the company’s award winning parental control system powered by AI, has been enhanced to alert parents to potential contact with their child from predators.
Predators attempt to gain the trust of children, and once trusted will generally progress to introduce sexual aspects into online conversations. Escalation then often follows, persuading the child to send sexually explicit images or videos to the predator. When in possession of such images, the predator may threaten to distribute the images and coerce the child to meet in person.
Homeland Security Investigations agents made 3,771 criminal arrests relating to child exploitation in the 2019 fiscal year, marking an 18% increase from the previous fiscal year. Tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — more than double what they found the previous year.
The new Predator Alert in MMGuardian is intended to warn parents when the content of SMS text messages or messages in selected popular social media apps is indicative of initial contact by a predator, as well as later stages.
In addition to the newly announced Predator Alerts, MMGuardian also analyzes messages exchanged over SMS and selected social media applications to alert parents about risks and dangers including suicidal thoughts, cyberbullying, sexting, violence, drug abuse and more. Over the last 12 months, the number of high priority alerts sent to parents has increased over 10 times to 165K in April 2020.
“MMGuardian provides far more assistance to parents than traditional parental control functions, such as screen time and web filtering, and uses AI to redefine parental control on smartphones” said James Zhou, CEO of Pervasive Group Inc. “With help from thousands of parents performing data labelling, our proprietary dataset continues to grow and drive further enhancements to our AI based monitoring, enabling us to help more parents keep their children safe online”.