Wykoff resident joins KDCOP

November 30, 2010 at 3:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Internet may be a bit safer for kids thanks to a Wyckoff resident and the folks behind KDCop.com.

Township resident Douglas Vitale is director of computer and mobile forensics for KDCop, a service for parents and schools led by Keith Dunn, a former detective and DARE New Jersey’s Internet Safety expert.

KDCop trains DARE officers in Web safety and also offers online seminars for parents, as well as in-person presentations for students on staying safe while surfing online.

The Bridgewater-based firm “has been warning and training parents, teachers, law enforcement and other community organizations nationwide about online dangers since 1999,” Dunn said.

“We’ve worked closely with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private investigative teams along the East Coast,” Dunn said.

Dunn is aided by Vitale, the owner of a computer forensics firm, Precision Computer Investigations, which assists both individual and corporate clients on matters ranging from employee misconduct to Internet monitoring.

“Doug brings a lot of depth to KDCop,” Dunn said.

Dunn said he is particulary concerned with the ease by which young people can view sexual material on the Web, as well as the danger of unwitting youths being approached online by people with bad intentions.

“It had been underground and now the Internet has brought it out,” he said.

Dunn has trained with the FBI is certified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Department of Justice.

With Dunn’s experience and with Vitale’s forensics knowledge, Dunn said he believes they can help make the Internet safer, and enjoys getting into schools to speak with students.

“I have always had an ability to connect with students in a way teachers or parents cannot,” he said. “I try to talk in a way kids understand … I am able to know what goes on thanks to the whole staff of interns that help with research.”

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