Children's Internet Protect Act (CIPA)

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CIPA Requirements and ContentWatch Products

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). Before adopting this Internet safety policy, schools and libraries must provide reasonable notice and hold at least one public hearing or meeting to address the proposal.

  • Net Nanny and ContentProtect use dynamic contextual analysis and list based technologies to block obscene, pornographic and harmful websites. ContentWatch products give administrators control over 35 categories.

Schools subject to CIPA are required to adopt and enforce a policy to monitor online activities of minors.

  • Net Nanny and ContentProtect can monitor and report on websites visited and full Instant Message (IM) conversations (web and application based). Administrators can also view any social networking profiles accessed.

Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: (a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; (b) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; (c) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking, and other unlawful activities by minors online; (d) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and (e) measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them.

  • Net Nanny and ContentProtect address the above requirement and can restrict access to inappropriate matter through the following product categories: Adult/Mature, Alcohol, Email, Gambling, Hate/Violence, Illegal Activities, Illegal Drugs, Intimate Apparel/Swimsuits, Pornography, Profanity, Proxy, Social Networks, Tobacco, and Weapons. ContentWatch products also prevent the disclosure of personal information with the ability to block posting of images or other information.

Schools and libraries are required to certify that they have their safety policies and technology in place before receiving E-rate funding. CIPA does not affect E-rate funding for schools and libraries receiving discounts only for telecommunications, such as telephone service.

  • Net Nanny and ContentProtect can be deployed easily to any number of workstations.

An authorized person may disable the blocking or filtering measure during any use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

  • Net Nanny and ContentProtect can be disabled and temporarily overridden with an administrator or override password.

CIPA does not require the tracking of Internet use by minors or adults.

  • Reports and other tracking information can be easily turned off.