Having only recently posted a short review of Crisp Thinking, who have taken a network-based approach to detecting possible predatory paedophile discussions in chatrooms, I was interesting in seeing another UK company launching a product in the this product sector – xGATE a division of Global Security One. Like Crisp, ,hey are also based in the north of England, Manchester to be precise.
The xGate is a full blown domestic firewall with additional features that enable parents to monitor, if they so wish, their child’s chat room discussions. To quote their web site:
XGate is the world’s first internet security device that is specifically designed to protect your child’s on-line experience. Even when you are not sat beside them!
- Monitor your child’s chat room activities even when you are not there.
- Receive a mobile phone SMS message or an email every time your child enters an unauthorised chat room.
- Monitor your child’s chat room conversations from your mobile phone or by email.
- Terminate your child’s chat room conversation immediately from your mobile phone or email if you detect a danger.
- Prevent grooming by paedophiles – keep your children safe!
xGate take what could be considered to be a more conventional approach by integrating this capabilility into a small box that sits between household computers and the Internet.
It seems to be based on word detection and continuously monitors chatroom conversations looking for selected words that you have entered. I would assume xBox pre-populate the word list for you as this is key for successful detection. Also, can it detect only individual words or can you identify combinations of words which I would have thought to be quite important?
When it finds one, parents will immediately receive an SMS or email to alert to the issue and you can:
a) Terminate and block session
b) Shut down the computer
c) Continue monitoring the chat room conversation
d) De-activate the chat room senso
I do like the pro-active alerting mechanism as it will certainly gain your attention – unless your ‘phone is off!
Just after posting this I came across newly launched anti-grooming software from In Loco Parentis