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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.

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