Keep Your Child Safer Online
Online predators are a reality. But now there’s a tool to help parents protect their children from sex offenders. Law enforcement agencies have partnered with OffenderWatch to offer Safe Virtual Neighborhood, a new app designed to notify parents if registered sex offenders contact their children through email or if their child is near a sex offender’s home for an extended period of time. Parents will also receive email alerts from participating law enforcement should a registered sex offender move into their neighborhood.
OffenderWatch Safe Virtual Neighborhood is on patrol for your child’s online safety.
Safe Virtual Neighborhood is now available with data provided by participating sheriffs, police departments and other agencies that register sex offenders. Even if your local jurisdiction is not yet participating, you will still be notified if offenders from outside your area contacts your child.
Requires subscription to OffenderWatch Safe Virtual Neighborhood service to monitor child devices. Current base price is $9.99 per year per family.
* Email and location features currently available on child iOS devices. Additional monitoring features, including Snapchat, texts and phone calls, available on child Android devices.
The Only App Partnered with Law Enforcement
Safe Virtual Neighborhood is the only app that directly partners with law enforcement to analyze sex offender data. Safe Virtual Neighborhood cross-references sex offender data provided by participating law enforcement departments to monitor who is contacting your child’s smartphone or other device. If a registered sex offender in the OffenderWatch Network contacts your child — or if your child is near an offender’s home — you’ll be alerted.
Once you sign up for Safe Virtual Neighborhood, you’ll also be eligible to receive OffenderWatch alerts if a registered sex offender moves into your neighborhood.
How It Works
1 Analyze Sex Offender Data
Safe Virtual Neighborhood uses accurate data provided directly by law enforcement to monitor communications from accounts of registered sex offenders.
2 Monitor Child Device
The app monitors emails and the location on your child’s phone or device—working silently in the background and not interfering with the phone’s use.
3 Alert Parents + Take Action
If a registered sex offender contacts your child using those methods, you’ll receive an alert. From there, ask your child about the communication and determine if you should contact law enforcement. The app will provide your local law enforcement contact information and tips for talking to your child about online safety.