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ANNA — They call it "guns and poses"— children holding guns in their Facebook photos.
It's not illegal, and — to some parents — it may not be alarming.
For others, though, these pictures are a cause for concern.
Image Vision, a Collin County business, has designed software called EyeGuardian aimed at finding those gun-toting pictures and alerting parents, police, or even schools.
Images with children of all ages posing with guns are easy to find on Facebook.
"Why are they doing it in the first place," asked Collin College Professor Amy Trombly, whose specialty is social media. "Why don't the parents know that they're doing it in the first place?
For Mitch Butler, the problem is personal. He found a text message on his daughter's phone with an inappropriate image of a boy. His company developed software to identify inappropriate images.
Now they've developed a program that goes one step further.
"What we've added to our software is gun recognition," Butler explained.
When the software recognizes an image of a gun on a Facebook page, it sends out an alert and report to the person monitoring that account.