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CyberAngels Patrol The Web To Keep Kids Safe

Posted July 20, 2001

— With all the criminals lurking online, you can rest assured that there are angels working to protect your children.

Jim Koch is a Chatham County probation officer who volunteers for a group called



Koch and hundreds of other volunteers patrol the Web at night tracing suspicious e-mail and searching for child pornography peddlers.

Koch says he sees some disturbing things, but he says the work is rewarding.

"It pulls at your heartstrings when you realize that if you don't do anything, the lives of some of these children isn't going to change," he says.

Just this week, Koch handed the FBI a lead on a child pornographer in another country.

"If we get the bad guy, that's great," he says. "But it would be more effective if we could just put him out of business."

Cyberangels has about 9,000 volunteers around the world, and they are always looking for more.

The group's Web site provides information for parents to help protect their kids online.


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