The Children's Internet Protection Act, also known as CIPA, is a bill that was passed in an attempt to limit children's exposure to pornography and other inappropriate material on the Internet. CIPA requires schools and libraries to operate, "a technology protection measure with respect to any of its computers with Internet access that protects against access through such computers to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors," and that such a technology protection measure be employed, "during any use of such computers by minors."
A public meeting was held on Monday, August 8, 2011 to discuss the district's compliance with CIPA as well as its acceptable use policy for students.
NSISD complies with CIPA requirements by...
- educating its students about Internet safety and cyberbullying via the CyberSmart curriculum, which is a required course for the students to complete prior to use of his/her email account
- educating its students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms
- frequent instruction concerning Internet safety and appropriate use in technology applications classes
- utilizing the Lightspeed Web Content Filter for Internet content filtering. Each student is assigned a unique user account and must authenticate each time he or she attempts to access the Internet.
Helpful sites related to online safety:
CyberSmart Curriculum (Common Sense Media)
Stay Safe Online (National Cyber Security Alliance)
FBI's CyberSurf Island (for students in grades 3-8)