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CIPA Compliance Certification

Schools that receive federal funding must have CIPA compliance certification, confirming that they have met the following requirements depending on the federal funding program used. If a school receives funds from both E-rate and Title II-D, then they must complete both certifications in order to be CIPA compliant.

For E-rate CIPA compliance certification, the FCC will require schools to certify the following using Form 486:
A technology protection measure is in place that protects against Internet access to visual depictions of obscenity and child pornography when computers are in use by adults.

  • A technology protection measure is in place that protects against Internet access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography and material harmful to minors when computers are in use by minors.
  • The operation of the technology during computer use is being enforced.
  • Schools are "monitoring the online activities of minors either through supervisory or technological means."

For Title II-D CIPA Compliance Certification, the FCC will require schools to certify the following through the yearly application process:

  • Technology protection measure is in place that protects against Internet access to visual depictions of obscenity and child pornography when computers are in use by adults.
  • A technology protection measure is in place that protects against Internet access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography and material harmful to minors when computers are in use by minors.
  • The operation of the technology during computer use is being enforced.

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CIPA Monitoring Help

CIPA Monitoring Help

Schools receiving E-rate funds must monitor the online activities of minors, but the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) does not require that the activities be tracked to the identity of a user. CIPA monitoring requirements include:

  • "Monitoring the online activities of minors either through supervisory or technological means."
  • "Nothing in this title or the amendments made by this title shall be construed to require the tracking of Internet use by any identifiable minor or adult user."

The easiest way to monitor the online activities of children is through faculty or staff supervision. Since monitoring the online activities through staff may become a burden on resources, and perhaps ultimately limit student use of the Internet, it is recommended to use technology for CIPA-compliant monitoring purposes.

Holding A Public Meeting

The Public Meeting is required for your school to be eligible for E-rate funding. The Children's Internet Protection Act provides the following guidelines for the meeting:

An authority with responsibility for the K-12 school must "provide reasonable public notice and hold at least 1 public hearing or meeting to address the proposed Internet use policy."

The minimal guidelines allow for flexibility in how to handle the meeting, but creates problems if the meeting is not managed effectively. Managing the meeting effectively will provide greater communication, generate community support and minimize the potential for conflict. To run the meeting effectively some standard meeting tactics have been provided.
  • Be Prepared - Just like when conducting any meeting it is important to remain in control of the situation.
  • Develop a clear and understood agenda.
  • Know what points you will make.
  • Anticipate the expected audience response to your points.
  • Anticipate expected questions from the audience.
  • Develop a plan for closing the meeting.
  • After the meeting, members from the school should discuss points and issues raised.

Suggested Discussion Points:

  • Discuss the facts for calling the public meeting. The public meeting is required by law in order to retain E-rate funding.
  • In December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed a law requiring technology protection measures and compliance standards be implemented in order to retain federal E-rate and Title II-D funding.
  • Some restrictions of the legislation may be contentious. Make it clear that aside from not receiving financial assistance there is little that can be done. This may help keep the meeting focused on the objective of educating the public about the Internet Acceptable Use Policy and listening to their concerns.
  • Outline how the school is reaching compliance.
  • Talk with the audience about how the technology ultimately is an educational tool that will help teachers and students get the most out of the Internet

AUPs for Schools

Internet Acceptable Use Policies for Schools

The Acceptable Use Policy for schools establishes guidelines for appropriate Internet use by students and staff along with its enforcement. It is a clearly defined document that communicates a mutual understanding of how the Internet may be appropriately used through school resources. The Acceptable User Policy (AUP) is designed to protect the interests of students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Required to retain E-rate funding, the Internet Acceptable Use Policy in your school must address the following requirements:

  • Enforcement to ensure the operation of the filtering technology during any use of such computers by minors.
  • Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet.
  • The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications.
  • Unauthorized access, including so-called 'hacking' and other unlawful activities by minors online.
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
  • Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to minors.
  • Means of monitoring the online activities of minors. However, the legislation states that "Nothing in this title or the amendments made by this title shall be construed to require the tracking of Internet use by any identifiable minor or adult user."

Download Sample Acceptable Use Policies For Schools

The above requirements are necessary to receive E-rate funding. Your school may include additional requirements to best meet your needs and objectives. To make writing this policy easier for you please review the sample policies below. You may copy any portion of our samples for your own use.

Internet Acceptable Use Policies (94K PDF) This PDF contains examples of computer and Internet usage policies.  These sample AUP policies for schools can be used as they are or they can be modified to suit your individual needs.  Download this free PDF to view a sample Internet usage permission form, computer usage Internet policies, and a student computer and Internet usage agreement.

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