CIPA Compliance Certification
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)Use the following information and links to learn how to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). In each section we provide useful information about specific aspects of the law and recommendations to make CIPA compliance easier.
New Legislative Developments will Impact SchoolsSchools are now required by law to install blocking or filtering software to retain federal technology subsidies. On December 21, 2000 the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was passed by the U.S. Congress requiring all schools and libraries receiving federal technology funding (including E-rate and Title II-D) to meet certain conditions or lose the funding. BASCOM's filter solutions are fully CIPA compliant as "blocking or filtering" technology protection measures.
Under the Children's Internet Protection Act, schools receiving funding through the above mentioned programs must meet five specific requirements:
- Install blocking or filtering technology to protect children from objectionable Internet sites
- Have an Acceptable Use Policy for the use of the Internet by students and staff
- Hold at least one public meeting to discuss the Internet Acceptable Use Policy (requirement for E-rate only)
- CIPA Monitoring online activities, though not necessarily track the actions of identifiable individuals (requirement for E-rate only)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is administering the implementation and regulation of CIPA. Schools that have both E-rate and Title II-D funding assistance will have to meet the requirements of both programs, or risk losing funding for the program whose requirements have not been met. Fortunately, there is a lot of overlap between program requirements. For more information about the impact that the Children's Internet Protection Act will have on your school, please call BASCOM at 1-888-922-2726.
Receive a Certification of CIPA Compliance in Order to Receive Funding
Read this PDF for the complete CIPA Overview (35K PDF).