Children’s Internet Protection Act

//Children’s Internet Protection Act

Children’s Internet Protection Act

MNSAA Standard #3.07 – Internet Access for Students*

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications services and products more affordable for eligible schools. Even schools that do not benefit from E-rate are encouraged to utilize these best practices including, but not limited to:

  • Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
  • The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;
  • Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and
  • Measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them

(*As defined by¬†Children’s Internet Protection Act)

 Learn more about CIPA here.