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 imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries 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 and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011.
What CIPA requires
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA may not receive the discounts offered by the E-rate program unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).
Schools subject to CIPA have two additional certification requirements: 1) their Internet safety policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors; and 2) as required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, they must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
1. All school sites are required to develop an Internet Safety Plan, that identifies the project lead (principal or assistant principal or site specialist), date of teacher training, teachers who will provide instruction, and a timeline for completion. This plan is co-developed by the site TOSA (Coaches) and the project lead.
2. This web site has been organized to provide teachers with lessons and resources that will comply with this legislation. (The minimum number of lessons required per grade level is three, one in each area: appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, information literacy and cyberbullying awareness and response.
3. The school must provide the district with evidence of Internet Safety instruction for all grade levels each year. This will be done through a school site survey managed by Educational Technology, in which teachers who are responsible for teaching the lessons will complete by the end of September.
NOTE: Each school site's Internet Safety Plan determines those teachers providing instruction at each grade level.
2016-2017 Digital Citizenship Certified Educator Criteria
There are numerous criteria to fulfill before applying to become a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator. This is an annual certification, criteria must be completed during the current school year. Depending on your role, requirements range from teaching a minimum number of student instructional hours to coordinating your school or district’s digital citizenship efforts.* Listed below is a brief summary of the criteria; for full details, be sure to download the Digital Citizenship Certified Educator Criteria Checklist & FAQ.
Download the Digital Citizenship Certified Educator Criteria Checklist & FAQ for more details about the criteria, examples of the documentation you will need, ideas for how to engage and educate families, and more!
Digital Citizenship Certified Educator Benefits
Being a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator is an official stamp of recognition from Common Sense. Once certified, you'll receive a digital badge that you can put in your email signature (among other places) so others know about your efforts, and it's a great addition to your resume.
This certification also could open doors for you to speak to the press and at local trainings and conferences about these issues. If you'd like, Common Sense Media send an email to your principal acknowledging the work you're doing.
And, each year, every Digital Citizenship Certified Educator will be entered in a raffle to win a gift card or the latest tech gadget. If you give permission, Common Sense Education also will list your name and school on our website.
Last, but not least, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you've helped your students develop essential skills to learn and thrive in the 21st century.
To apply teachers can click here to access the application that will be available mid-August 2016.