CIPA – Children’s internet Protection Act
A. Here is the current language from the SLD...
The (CIPA) was signed into law on December 21, 2000. To receive support for Internet access and internal connections services from the Universal Service Fund (USF), school and library authorities must certify that they are enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes measures to block or filter Internet access for both minors and adults to certain visual depictions. The relevant authority with responsibility for administration of the eligible school or library must certify the status of its compliance for the purpose of CIPA in order to receive USF support.
B. Requirements of CIPA
CIPA requirements include the following three items:
1) Technology Protection Measure - A technology protection measure is a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access. It must protect against access by adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or — with respect to use of computers with Internet access by minors — harmful to minors. It may be disabled for adults engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purposes. For schools, the policy must also include monitoring the online activities of minors.
2) Internet Safety Policy
The Internet safety policy must address the following issues:
· Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web
· The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications
· Unauthorized access including "hacking" and other unlawful activities by minors online
· Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors
· Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to minors
3) Public Notice and Hearing
The authority with responsibility for administration of the school or library must provide reasonable public notice and hold at least one public hearing to address a proposed technology protection measure and Internet safety policy.
We comply with the above through our policy #2304, INTERNET AND EDUCATION PROGRAM, modified and revised by the Board of Education in 2007.