The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a bill that was enacted by the United States Congress in the year 2000. The goal of CIPA is to limit children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet by incentivizing public libraries and K-12 schools to implement solutions for monitoring and restricting children’s usage on the web such as internet restriction software.
Public libraries and K-12 schools are not required by law to be in compliance with CIPA, however, libraries and schools that opt not to adhere to CIPA are at a serious disadvantage as CIPA compliance opens opportunities for discounted telecommunications services through The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. Libraries not in compliance with CIPA also lose the opportunity for funding through the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA).
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To become CIPA compliant, public libraries will need:
Schools have two additional CIPA requirements:
Once a public library or K-12 school becomes CIPA compliant, they will be required to have their compliance standards and enforcement reviewed annually for recertification.
In accordance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), public libraries and K-12 schools are permitted to allow an authorized person to “disable the blocking or filtering measure during use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.”
Under CIPA, internet safety policies for public libraries and K-12 schools must include:
As outlined by the FCC, before adopting their internet safety policies, schools and libraries must have a minimum of one public hearing or meeting to address their proposal.
Depending on your specific CIPA compliance requirements, your technology protection measure will need:
Under CIPA, libraries and schools are permitted to disable their blocking or filtering solution when an adult requires access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. CurrentWare’s suite of products can readily be enabled and disable on a per-machine basis, giving you the flexibility you need to ensure access to information is available as needed.
CurrentWare’s BrowseControl allows libraries, schools, and employers to restrict access to undesirable content and websites using features such as allowed/blocked lists, custom URL filtering, and category-based filtering.
BrowseControl’s Content Filtering feature gives libraries and school access to our up-to-date restriction database with over 100 URL categories, allowing children and patrons to use the internet without exposure to obscene material.
CurrentWare’s BrowseReporter allows schools to implement and maintain CIPA compliance by monitoring their students’ use of the school’s technology. BrowseReporter’s live-feed remote screen capture works with your local area network (LAN) to provide real-time monitoring of computer screens on your network, allowing schools to meet CIPA’s monitoring standards.
Along with CIPA-compliant monitoring, BrowseReporter gives you access to additional features such as real-time internet monitoring and detailed internet activity reports through a centralized console. With BrowseReporter, school IT departments and administrators are provided with detailed reports on the sites and applications used on their technology including total browsing time, sites visited, and the keywords their students are searching for.