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Technological advancements including mobile devices, intelligent software and other learning tools are changing the way educators teach and shifting the way students participate in their own education. As institutions continue to add more innovative endpoints and platforms, it’s important that they also consider the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
CIPA is critical for schools, particularly those within the kindergarten through 12th grade range. But what, exactly, does CIPA require and how can district administrators ensure that their organization is compliant? Let’s take a look at how technology is changing the face of education and what institutional leaders should know:
There’s no question about it: Today’s schools use considerably more advanced learning tools than institutions in the past. According to statistics gathered by PracTutor:
“CIPA ensures that schools have the right protection measures in place.”
As schools continue to leverage online resources and smart devices, the Children’s Internet Protection Act becomes even more crucial.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, CIPA was put into place in 2000 and aimed to safeguard young students from “obscene or harmful content over the internet.” This regulation ensures that schools have the right protection measures in place to control access and support successful learning while blocking inappropriate materials.
In addition to protecting adolescent students, CIPA also offers discounts and benefits under the E-rate program as an incentive for ensuring safe internet usage in educational institutions. Schools and libraries can receive E-rate funding that can be put toward telecommunications services and other technological assets to support districts’ educators and the student body.
Overall, CIPA is essential for ensuring the protection of students and supporting safe online activity in the classroom. Best of all, schools that comply can reap the added benefit of E-rate funding to bolster their telecommunications.
But what does a district need to comply? Take a look at the checklist below:
Compliance with CIPA is essential and benefits not only the well-being of students, but the school district as a whole. More information on CIPA compliance requirements can be found here.
Contact Untangle for more details about protection measures created especially for educational institutions.