Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)

  • No website or software tool should be used in a Pembroke Public School classroom until a Technology Use Request form has been submitted and approved.  The COPPA summary below is provided for your information.

    Excerpt from Common Sense Media:

    The Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act, more commonly known as COPPA, is a law dealing with how websites, apps, and other online operators collect data and personal information from kids under the age of 13.

    COPPA has a number of requirements, but some key ones are that tech companies making apps, websites, and online tools for kids under 13 must:

    • provide notice and get parental consent before collecting information from kids;
       
    • have a "clear and comprehensive" privacy policy;
       
    • and keep information they collect from kids confidential and secure.

    Choose your classroom tech wisely.

    • Stick to tools designed with education in mind, especially if kids are going to sign up and create accounts. Products that commercialize student learning are not recommended.
       
    • When you bring new tech into your classroom, be mindful about how the tools ask kids to sign up, enter personal information, or share anything online -- and choose products that minimize and avoid unnecessary information collection.
       
    • Always provide information to parents about what tools you're using in the classroom.
       
    • Avoid apps, games, or websites that seem focused on advertising.
       
    • Be cautious with tools that claim to be for education but are also aimed at consumers or the business world.

    Not sure about a technology tool? Common Sense's privacy evaluations can help. These evaluations for many of the most popular edtech tools identify and explain the privacy risks in ways that are easy to understand.

    For more information, click here.

Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

  • Excerpt from fcc.gov:

    The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications services and products more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011.

    What CIPA requires

    Schools and libraries subject to CIPA may not receive the discounts offered by the E-rate program unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (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 subject to CIPA have two additional certification requirements: 1) their Internet safety policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors; and 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; and
    • Measures restricting minors' access to materials harmful to them.

    -Taken from https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act