In the classroom - as in life generally - technology giveth, and technology taketh away. This year, make sure your school is getting the very best out of edtech, while minimizing the downside.
What CIPA requires
The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are:(a) obscene;(b) child pornography;(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.
Schools following CIPA have two additional certification requirements:1) their Internet safety policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors;2) as required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, they must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing:
Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;
Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; Measures restricting minors' access to materials harmful to them.
How to know if your devices at school are not exposing students to unhealthy content? Through March 31, 2018, we're offering a free school cyber safety audit to the first ten respondents:
It seems everyday brings another incident involving kids and so-called "smart phones" in schools. Recently, a 10-year old girl in Aurora, Co, committed suicide after being filmed fighting an alleged bully by another student using the Musical.ly app.The Cherry Creek School District said it turned the video over to police, noting that the fight did not take place during school hours.