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Special Section on CIPA Certification beginning July 1, 2012

By July 1, 2012, amend your existing Internet Safety Policy, if you have not already done so, to provide for the education of minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response. (From the 2011-sl-fall-CIPA-Update; see links below.) 
Internet Safety Policy that must:
1.  Address certain policy issues
2.  Be addressed at a public hearing or meeting for which reasonable public notice is provided
3.  Include a technology protection measure
4.  Include monitoring of online activities of minors

NOTE: You must retain a copy of your policy.
Policy issues that must be addressed:
1.  Access by minors to inappropriate material
2.  Safety/security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms, other direct electronic communications
  Unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities by minors online
4.  Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors
  Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to minors
ADDED AND EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012: The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act directs E-rate applicants to also certify that their CIPA-required Internet safety policies provide for the education of students regarding appropriate online behavior including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and regarding cyberbullying awareness and response.
Technology protection measure (filter):
1.  Specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access
2.  Must protect against access by adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors
3.  Can be disabled for adults engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purposes
NOTE: Retain documentation demonstrating that your filter is in place.
Public notice and public meeting or hearing:
Proposed policy must be addressed at a public meeting or hearing for which reasonable public notice was given.
NOTE: Retain documentation of public notice (e.g., newspaper ad, flyer, announcement in other publication) and documentation of hearing or meeting (e.g., board agenda, meeting minutes).


Internet Safety Policy (Original Policy and Subsequent Editions)

2.  T
echnology Protection Measure (documents to demonstrate filter in place) 

Notice of Public Hearing/Board Meeting at which policy was addressed and for which reasonable public notice was provided: (a) retain documentation of public notice, e.g., newspaper ad, flyer, announcement in other publication, and (b) documentation of hearing or meeting, e.g., board agenda, meeting minutes. Retain original and subsequent notices, etc.



Common Sense Media Cyberbullying Toolkit ** added 4/24/2012
E-rate Central links to this site in its 4/24/2012 Newsletter, calling it one excellent (and free) resource for schools addressing the new CIPA requirements.

CIPA Certification Form 479.pdf
CIPA Certification Form [Populated form is sent to districts each year by the CNYRIC E-rate Department for completion and collection.]

FCC Consumer Facts Page; historical in that it discusses the original CIPA requirements.

E-rate Central is the New York State Coordinator for the Federal E-rate program and has posted a CIPA Policy Primer at the link above. This terrific resource includes a sample policy as well as several additional links (page 6) for information on CIPA and Internet Safety Policies. Also included is a link to the current CIPA checklist. Be sure to add any new provisions as necessary.


E-rate Central Newsletter for the Week October 17, 2011, which provides further guidance on the CIPA update.

Power Point presentation for CIPA Update from the Universal Service Administrative Company's 2011 Fall Applicant Training Sessions. A PDF version of this document is available at the link below.

PDF version of the Power Point presentation for CIPA Update from the Universal Service Administrative Company's 2011 Fall Applicant Training Sessions. A Power Point version of this document is available at the link above.

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