CLEVELAND - Former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason have teamed up to promote a new iPhone app designed to help parents keep children safe from sex offenders who prowl the Internet.
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The Shaq Shield can be downloaded for free at the Apple Store. It features:
- A sex offender registry search
- Internet safety tips
- Glossary of Internet terminology
- Lingo used by children online
- Pledges by parents and children for shared internet responsibility
The sex offender registry allows the user to view a list of sex offenders whose addresses are near the location of the user's phone.
O'Neal, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for a season, became involved in the project because of his interest in law enforcement. O'Neal and Mason appear in a video describing the app.
Mason chairs the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a collaboration of more than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that hunts Internet sex predators.
The ICAC app is not yet available for other mobile devices but it will be in the future, officials said.