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Klaas shines light on new child-safety technology tools as search for girl continues in California

Klaas shines light on new child-safety technology tools as search continues for California girl
By Mark Emmons San Jose Mercury News Modified: January 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013

“None of these technologies can help a child like Sierra, who is already missing,” Klaas said. “But these are about prevention.”

Some of the technologies include:

Cocoon for KlaasKids

The free online browser is designed to prevent others from tracking and contacting your kids on the Internet.

“The idea is to make sure that our children can safely use the Internet by blocking the child's identity, IP address and location,” said Vernon Irvin, CEO and president of Virtual World Computing. “And the only sites your kids can go to are the ones that parents allow. This product basically gives control back to parents.”

Polly's Guardian Angel

This is a smartphone application that serves as a missing-child alert system. Parents can report their child as missing and anyone with the app will receive a virtual missing-child poster on their phone.

It's already available on the iPhone for $4.99 and an Android version should be released later this month.

“I think more than parents will want this,” Klaas said. “When kids go missing, people want to help. That's demonstrated in the fact that more than 11,000 people have searched for Sierra.”

LEO Wristwatch

This is a GPS child locator with a titanium wristband that can be locked.

“It's a game changer because it's also a programmable cell phone,” Klaas said. “This provides parents 24-7 connectivity to their kids. This is Dick Tracy come to fruition.”

The watch, a product of Marina del Rey-based Guardian Lion Wireless, will be available in the spring.

Klaas also announced the Klaas Family Housing Fund, which will assist families of missing children with housing costs.

“When something like this happens to your family, you don't even think about trying to pay bills,” Klaas said.

Steve LaMar said he sees value in the technology tools to help find missing kids.

“Hopefully these will prevent other families from going through what we've gone through,” he said.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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