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Children's Internet Protection Act (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.

Protecting Children in the 21st Century
 

As Title II of the Broadband Data Improvement Act, the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act was signed into law in 2008. This legislation adds statutory language to existing FCC rules for implementing CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act). As a result, the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act has an impact for districts and schools with respect to their E-Rate compliance. The new online Internet safety requirements in the "Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act" requires schools' Internet Safety Policies to include "... educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response." 




   Cyberbullying

     The Internet provides the perfect forum for cyberbullies, individuals whose aim is to gain gratification from the distress caused by provoking and tormenting others. The anonymity, ease of provocation, and almost infinite source of targets means the Internet is full of predators from pedophiles targeting children to serial bullies targeting anybody. Here are some helpful tips on dealing with cyber bullies:
1.)  If you are the victim of a Cyber Bully you should talk to someone. Do not       keep these feelings inside.  Talk to a trusted adult, brother, sister, mom,       dad, teacher, or counselor.     
2.) Report the abuse to the Internet Service Provider (ISP).  They can help to      remove any unwanted postings.  Not reporting it can leave the information      in cyber space and will be searchable.
3.) Refrain from acknowledging the bullies attack.  The Play Ground Bully            gets their satisfaction immediately.  The Cyber Bully is waiting for a              response.  Not responding will often result in the Bully going away.
4.) Keep a copy and record of all forms of abuse.  This record should be              shared with your parents, school and law enforcement for possible                prosecution or school discipline. 



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Video Links
Cyber Safety K-5 (Video)
Common Sense 6-12 (Video)
Staying Safe Online (Parents)

Curriculum
Cyber Safety (Curriculum)






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