Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Filtering
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a law that requires schools and libraries receiving federal money through the E-rate program (in Maine, most schools and libraries that are members of MSLN receive money through E-rate for their Internet connection) to do three things:
1) Write an Internet safety policy that discusses several key issues of Internet safety, especially for minors;
2) Hold a public meeting to review and ratify the policy;
3) Implement a content filter on all school or library computers and devices able to connect to the Internet.
The links below are resources to assist libraries in understanding CIPA and its requirements, achieving CIPA compliance, and utilizing the Networkmaine-provided content filter, OpenDNS.
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- Internet Safety Policy checklist [PDF, 88 KB]
- Internet Safety Policy sample [Microsoft Word, 28 KB]
- Internet Use and Safety Policies and OpenDNS webinar slides [PDF, 3001 KB]
- Internet Use and Safety Policies for public libraries [PDF, 114 KB]
- Using OpenDNS in public libraries [PDF, 582 KB]
- FAQ on E-rate and the Children's Internet Protection Act, CIPA (updated February 2012)
- Children's Internet Protection Act Requirements.
- Children's Internet Protection Act Certifications - New Guidance for Funding Years 2001 and 2002 for Applicants that Include Libraries
- CIPA Guidance for Libraries for FY2003