New federal law
The President signed the Broadband Data Improvement Act (PL 110-385) on October 10. Title II of this act, â€œProtecting Children in the 21st Century Act,â€ is designed to promote Internet use â€œin a manner that promotes safe online activity for children, protects children from cybercrimes, including crimes by online predators.â€ The legislation adds an additional requirement to the CIPA Internet Safety Policy that each district must have to receive Internet access or internal connection discounts. The added language says that as part of the Internet safety policy the school is "educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.â€ The FCC will be providing guidance on the impact of this on the 2009 E-rate funding year.
This does not mean that schools must adopt and implement a "packaged program" such as iSafe or iKeepSafe or NetSmartz. Schools must have addressed the points of this added language in their curriculum and be able to demonstrate that it is being taught and learned.