‘Anti-grooming’ software can detect paedophiles

Scientists have developed “anti-grooming” software which can tell young people if they are chatting to an adult posing as a child on the internet.Trials among pupils at a secondary school have shown it to be remarkably effective in helping them spot other internet user’s real ages.The program, which has been developed by Lancaster University, can work out a person’s age and gender by using language analysis techniques, detecting words which are often used by people of a particular age group. Computer experts believe it could be a significant breakthrough in helping to catch paedophiles.

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