What Is the Children’s Internet Protection Act?

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that helps protect children from inappropriate content online on school and library computers.  Schools and libraries that comply with the law may be eligible for federal funding to help pay for Internet access costs.

The following are requirements of the act:
1- Implement technology to block or filter obscene images, child pornography and content that would be harmful to minors.
2- Educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including social networking and cyberbullying.
3- Monitor the online activities of minors.
4- Restrict access to minors of inappropriate and harmful online content, make sure their electronic communications are safe, prevent the illegal use of computer resource by minors including hacking, and prevent the dissemination of personal information of minors.

For more information, visit the CIPA web site.