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8271 CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT: INTERNET CONTENT FILTERING/SAFETY POLICY
Filtering. Pursuant to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), filtering software will be used to block minors’ access to:
- visual depictions that are (a) obscene, (b) child pornography, or (c) harmful to minors; and
- Internet sites which, in the Board’s determination, contain material which is “inappropriate for minors.” (See below.)
Adult access to visual depictions that are obscene and/or child pornography will also be blocked. However, the Superintendent or his/her designee may disable the software to enable access to blocked sites for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Matter Inappropriate for Minors. The Board will (as it deems appropriate) determine by resolution what Internet material is “inappropriate for minors” in the District. This determination will be based on community standards.
Safety of Minors When Using Direct Electronic Communications. In using the computer network and Internet, minors are not permitted to reveal personal information (such as home addresses, telephone numbers, their real last names or any other information which might allow someone they are communicating with online to locate them) without appropriate supervision. No minor may arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone he/she “meets” on the computer network or Internet without his/her parent’s permission.
Unauthorized Access and Other Unlawful Activities. It is a violation of this Policy to:
· use the School’s computer network or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to gain such unauthorized access;
· damage, disable or otherwise interfere with the operation of computers, computer systems, software or related equipment through physical action or by electronic means; and/or
· violate state or federal law relating to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or any other applicable law or municipal ordinance.
Unauthorized Disclosure and Dissemination of Personal Identification Information Regarding Minors. Personally identifiable information concerning minors may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet (e.g., on the District’s web page or otherwise) without the permission of a parent or guardian. If a student is 18 or over, the permission may also come directly from the student.
Instruction on Internet Social Interaction and Cyberbullying. The District will educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites/chat rooms as well as cyberbullying awareness and response.
Monitoring. Those responsible for supervising minors while using District computers will also be responsible for monitoring their online activities by circulating throughout the area where the computers are located and directly observing the nature of those activities.
Regulations and Dissemination. The Superintendent is authorized to develop and implement regulations consistent with this policy. The Superintendent will also be responsible for disseminating the policy and associated regulations to school personnel and students.
47 United States Code (USC) Sections 254(h) and 254(l)
47 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 54
Education Law 814