Memphis - A new DVD could give parents peace of mind and police an early start into a potential internet crime investigation.
The thinking is the more parents know, the less likely their child will fall victim to an online predator.
"We're hoping with the formulation of this DVD that we can at least raise the consciousness of some of the parents to let them know they need to get involved," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.
Armstrong says as parents, you need to know who your kids are talking to online and you need to know the websites they're visiting.
"It might be tough to outsmart kids these days, but we need to educate ourselves."
That's where 'Computer Cop' comes in.
MPD partnered with a production company to offer parents a quick and easy guide to understanding what their kids are doing on the internet.
"I don't think some people realize how unsafe the internet can be," said Lt. Wilton Cleveland.
The free DVD tells you what to look for, and how to find it.
It also offers resources like a link to the state's sex offender registry.
Cleveland thinks education in key, "The bad guys are up on technology and the kids are up on technology and that's their target so we need to be up on the technology even though it may not be interesting to us."
Memphis police don't want to disclose 'computer cop's' full potential so as not to give kids a heads up on what it actually does and how to get around it.
They will say their three investigators assigned to internet crimes against children stay busy in the Memphis area and there's a need for parental knowledge.
"When a guy first solicits a child we want to know then, before it's too late and they've snuck out to meet this person or have been taken," said Cleveland.
MPD hopes 'Computer Cop' can alert parents to a potential danger sooner rather than later.
They have 3,500 copies of the DVD which was paid for with grant money.
They'll begin distributing 'Computer cop' to parents during community events this spring.
MPD is taking requests for it's internet safety seminars and instruction on 'Computer Cop.'