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Laws Require Internet Safety Education in Schools that Receive E-Rate Funds

In order for schools and libraries to receive E-rate funding for Internet Access or Internal Connections, they must be compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA requires an Internet Safety Policy and the use of a filtering mechanism on all computers in funded schools by SY 2012-13. As part of the adoption of CIPA, the Federal Communications Commission added statutory language from the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act related to internet/cyber education. Specifically, the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act directs E-rate applicants to 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 web sites and in chat rooms, and regarding cyberbullying awareness and response.

Internet Safety Policies and CIPA: An E-Rate Primer for Schools and Libraries


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