[erate-maine] SCHOOLS ONLY: Internet Safety Policy reminder

Pamela Goucher Pamela.Goucher at maine.gov
Mon Apr 23 15:59:45 EDT 2012

This is a reminder of new CIPA compliance requirements for schools receiving erate funding.  There is a July 1, 2012 deadline.

I’ve done this reminder in the form of a checklist; hope that helps.

Districts should already have an Internet Safety Policy that states that:
___ technology protection measures are in place and are used for all Internet access and

___ monitoring of Internet usage for minors and adults is policy.

There is now a new requirement stating that as of July 1, 2012 your district Internet Safety Policy must also include wording that:
___ the district has a provision/plan for the education of minors* about “appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.”                                     
*CIPA defines a minor as any person less than 17 years of age.
You must also have:
____ documented proof of a public meeting where your CIPA policy was included as an agenda item, and the announcement of such to the public (e.g. on web page or newspaper). Many schools did this in the past.  If this was done in the past, there is no need for another public notice as long as you have documentation of that initial meeting in case of review.  Just add the new provision according to your usual district procedures.

Please keep in mind that policies should not include detailed procedures or curriculum describing how you comply with policy.  Whatever is written in the policy becomes an auditable item that you will be held accountable for so don’t get too specific.  It would be wise to include the terms “appropriate online behavior”, “interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms”, and “cyberbullying awareness and response”.
Need help??
1) Common Sense Media created a toolkit to help your district or school address the Internet safety, appropriate online behavior, and cyberbullying topics that E-rate recipients need to teach to students. Here’s a link to the administrator page: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/erate-admins

2) Maine School Management has sample policy wording available. Contact Charlotte Bates at MSMA for more information.

Pam Goucher
Pamela Goucher
School Library/Technology Planning Coordinator & E-Rate Coordinator
Maine Dept. of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Pamela.Goucher at maine.gov

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