Web safety software gives peace-of-mind

The program will allow parents to monitor pictures, e-mails, instant messages and Web sites, Herrmann said.

It even has a slang terminology dictionary that allows parents to look up words or phrases that seem questionable or unfamiliar.

The program also features "keystroke capture," giving parents the ability to monitor what their children has typed or e-mailed. This could be used to determine if a child's name, address or telephone number have been sent electronically, Herrmann said.

If someone is e-mailing the child, the documents featuring the child's name and information in any e-mails will be made available to the parents, he said.

"Even if the document is erased, they will be able to find the original document," Herrmann said.

He said police and fire departments all around the country have distributed the software, and said Altamont is the first in this area to do it.

"It's a great program," Slingerland said. "I really think this will help a lot of parents, especially those who have missing kids."

Salerno, who distributed the software to 150 Altamont residents on Public Safety Day in June, said too often parents complain that they could have prevented foul play if they had more information.

"If I only had known," is a phrase uttered too often by parents, Salerno said. ""

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