Chicopee Telecom Department
Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet.
CIPA Requires that schools have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. Te protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors. In addition School policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors; and must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior. This includes interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyberbullying awareness and response.
The Student Acceptable Use Policy is distributed each year at the start of school to all students.This document must be signed by student and guardian and returned to the school prior to the student being allowed to access the school’s internet system. Students who do not return this document are not allowed access to the District Computer system.
Resources for Parents, Students and Teachers
- NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
- Educate children on how to recognize potential Internet risks
- Engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks
- Empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report victimization to a trusted adult