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Laws and Regulations for Internet Safety and Cyberbullying

  • Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools that receive E-Rate discounts for Internet access and internal connections must:
    • Certify that they have an Internet Safety Policy that includes technology protection measures that 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). 
    • Hold at least one public hearing or meeting to address the proposed Internet Safety Proposal.
    • Include monitoring the online activities of minors in the Internet Safety Policy
    • Educate minors about appropriate online behavior.
  • There are several State and Federal laws that require that District must safeguard student data privacy:
  • School Districts must comply with the Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act or DASA) which prohibits all forms of discrimination or harassment, including cyberbullying.
    • DASA, like CIPA, also requires instruction in safe and responsible use of the Internet and electronic communications.
  • The School District must provide Internet Safety Instruction for all students. Internet Safety instruction is required by CIPA, DASA, and Education Law 814. This instruction should include safe and responsible use of the Internet including appropriate online behavior.