The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new tool to protect families and children from sexual predators.
The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with OffenderWatch, the leading national sex offender registry, to offer the free app.
After downloading the Offender Watch app, residents will be able to see registered sex offenders who live near them or their family members.
They will also receive alerts when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
And the app also offers online safety information and advice on how to talk to children about sex offenders.
Families will have the option to choose to upgrade the app to a paid version, which includes more features.
The application is available for Android and iPhone smartphones
“The Offender Watch app is a great tool for our community. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office puts public safety first, the Offender Watch app is another tool the public can use to increase the safety of the family, says Sheriff Robert Maciol
Here’s how the OffenderWatch app works:
- Parents who sign up for the OffenderWatch app download the app to their own smartphone and their child’s Android or iPhone device.
- In the free version of the app, parents can see their child’s location and the location of registered sex offenders.
- Parents will receive notifications if a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
- For the paid version, the app also monitors the child’s text messages, emails, location and phone calls in the background, without storing the child’s messages or interfering with its use.
- If a registered sex offender contacts the child, or if the child lingers near a sex offender’s address, the parent or guardian receives instant notification.
- From there, parents should ask their children about their smartphone activity or contact law enforcement to investigate.
Parents and guardians can download the app or learn more at OffenderWatch.com.
One in five teens has received unwanted sexual solicitation online, according to the Crimes Against Children Research Center.
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