CIPA – FY2012 Updates
Internet Safety Policies must be updated to meet updated FCC requirements prior to July 1, 2012.
For those schools that have applied (or will apply) for discounted telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections services (Priority 1) under the E-rate program, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new order that pertains to the certification of compliance with CIPA requirements on August 10, 2011. The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act revises section 54.520(c)(l)(i) of the Commission’s rules to include the new certification that a school’s “Internet safety policy must also include monitoring the online activities of minors and must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.”
We encourage schools to update their Internet safety policies as soon as practicable but before July 1, 2012. This requirement is effective for the 2012 funding year, which begins July 1, 2012. In Arizona, schools need to issue a public notice (newsletter or webpage) about the update to their Internet safety policies in accordance with the new Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act requirements. Schools do not need to hold a hearing or meeting for this amendment. Also, you do not need to amend the FCC Forms 486 and 479 because the existing language already incorporates a certification of compliance with all of the statutory requirements. However, a public notice and a public hearing or meeting is required for any newly adopted Internet safety policies.
Internet Safety Policy issues that must be addressed:
- Access by minors to inappropriate material
- Safety/security of minors when using email, chat rooms, other 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
Technology Protection Measure (filter)
- Specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access
- Must protect against access by adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors
- Can be disabled for adults engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purposes