Internet Safety

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Cyberfullying White Paper is designed for parents, educators, administrator, etc. to understand more about cyberbullying and steps which can be taken to curtail it. The link to that document is here.

For Parents
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act -- COPPA -- became effective on April 21, 2000. This law provided parents with the control over website information collection from their children. All websites for children under the age of 13 are to comply with this law. They must get the parent's permission to collect any personal information. The FTC provides a list of things that a parent can do to make sure that their children's personal information is safe. The list if located on the FTC site. OnGuardOnline.gov is a site recommended by FTC which offers more topics for information with regard to protecting ourselves on the internet. This site also offers some great tips and information for helping parents keep their children safe on social networking sites, Social Networking Sites: A Parents Guide and Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens.

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted on December 21, 2000. This act requires school districts who receive federal technology funds for internet accessibility to follow specific policies regarding internet filtering. These districts must also meet the Internet safety policies of the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) which addresses issues of electronic messaging, disclosure of personal information of minors and unlawful online activities.

For Districts
According to the USACwebsite, school and library officials must certify that they have complied with the CIPA requirements or are in the process of taking the necessary actions to comply with all requirements. Any school internet safety policy must address specific issues as defined by CIPA.

On October 10, 2008, the "Broadband Data Improvement Act"/"Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act" was signed into law. This law meant that school districts must certify that internet safety policies are in effect as well as ongoing internet safety education for teaching students what is appropriate behavior online. Take a look online at an article written by eSchool News, Schools soon required to teach web safety.

Here's another article written in February of this year, Too few schools are teaching cyber safety. Teachers and administrators educate their students on cyber safety as well asenforce the rules in their classroom.

The internet safety curriculum should cover:
  • cyberbullying
  • netiquette
  • evaluating websites
  • keeping personal information safe
  • inappropriate content or websites
  • sharing files using emails
  • activity in chat rooms, discussion boards