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Internet Safety While Students Enjoy Summer Break

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Many aspects of our lives are moving on to the Internet and even the tiniest of fingers can navigate their favorite websites. While we recognize the benefit of the Internet, we also know the downside. It's so important parents monitor their children's activity online, especially as many kids may be bored this summer.

"The Internet obviously exposes kids to a lot of things, you know, that even in my day and even within the last ten years kids weren't exposed to," said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

While the Internet opens up a whole new world of possibilities, some can be dangerous to young children.

"There are people on the Internet who will prey on kids who are out where they shouldn't be and looking at things they shouldn't be," said Ford.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office has a resource to help parents protect their children. The department unveiled ComputerCOP about a year ago.

The free software can be downloaded on your computer. It can help in a few ways, including using keywords to detect any inappropriate words or pictures and keeps a Internet history log.

"This is just a tool for them to monitor that, keep their kids safe, especially during the summer. Kids have a lot more free time, and parents may be at work," said Ford.

The ComputerCOP software is available for free at the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Lynn Haven. A copy can be picked up during normal business hours.