CIPA - The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA. Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: (a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; (b) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; (c) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online; (d) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and (e) measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them. Schools must follow CIPA laws in order to take advantage of federal funding (E-rate program). Failure to comply will result in a loss of funding. Schools and Library Division - 1-888-203-8100 FERPA = The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are &quot;eligible students.“ Some Abbott districts have to apply for $ and must be compliant in the guidelines and as a result, will block more sites than necessary to be compliant.
Districts are all over the place when it comes to filtering sites. Some are liberal and some are conservative. No consensus. Technology department unblocks applications. The Board Attorney will say the less risk the better. Some districts address the transgressions as they come and teach kids how to be good digital citizens. There has not been a lawsuit yet that has won stating that a district was wrong for opening an application (No one has been held liable yet.) Some school districts block sites for kids, but not the teachers. (like here)
Perhaps we should treat the Internet like a textbook. Students do not need permission to use a textbook. (Craig’s blog) Networked computers and Internet access are now essential to our curriculum, not some “extra” All students will have access to the computers, network and Internet for school and curriculum use. If a parent has concerns about this, they will go through the same procedures as if they had a problem with a textbook or other curriculum material. (Minot Public Schools, ND)
Policy committee and board attorney ask questions, make changes, and send it to the board for approval Their policy is pretty flexible. The updates will include policy on personal devices and social networks.
Some programs like Genesis has a parent portal where parents can update profile and give permission to use apps. Ultimately, these decisions make the final decisions.
Internet Safety For Staff.Ppt
Acronyms You Need to Know <ul><li>CIPA </li></ul><ul><li>FERPA </li></ul><ul><li>Funding drives regulation at the school level </li></ul>
School Districts and the Internet <ul><li>Consensus? </li></ul><ul><li>Who unblocks what in a district? </li></ul><ul><li>How does a school district deal with problems of unblocking sites? </li></ul>
Internet vs. Textbooks <ul><li>AUP’s today require permission to use the Internet. Is there a better way? </li></ul><ul><li>No AUP. Create a policy guideline. (Common Sense Guideline for all applications) </li></ul>
Springfield Township School District <ul><li>Two Acceptable Use Policies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students and Employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology Committee will update AUP’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee members: four librarians, tech department members, one administrator, parent, two board members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee makes changes and presents to Policy Committee at board level </li></ul></ul>
Teacher Responsibility <ul><li>Teachers must get parents and/or guardian’s permission to use Internet </li></ul>