Protection for our Kids as Teachers


by Megan Weber, Jordan Abernethy, Jordan Wright, and Lauren Elder

CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act)

This act, presented by the congress and amended in 2008 serves students for protection against harmful internet sites through schools and libraries. Schools and libraries receive discounts from E-rate programs (a program that makes certain communication services and products more affordable) unless they certify they have a policy set up. It works like a filter that can block obscene, harmful, or inappropriate images, or internet sites. It can only be disabled by adults and implemented by the school district.

"Children's Internet Protection Act." Children's Internet Protection Act. Federal Communications Commission, 31 Dec. 2014. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts)

FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This law applies to all schools that receive funding under the applicable program of the US Department of Education. FERPA gives parents rights to access their children's education records until the child reaches the age of 18 or attends school beyond high school. Schools may disclose certain information including, name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance without consent. Schools are required to tell students and parents of their rights under FERPA.

"Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)." Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.

COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act)

This act was established in 1998 and revised in 2013. It is regulated by Federal Trade Commission. This act lets parents be in control of their children and requires consent from the parents for students under the age of 13. This act helps keep information for the children secure and tells what operators must have in their privacy policy. This act's revision now covers privacy for geolocation, photos, videos, and audio. New ways have been established for parents to give consent, such as electronic scans and online conferences. Once the children are over the age of 13, this Act does not apply. This act is such a necessity because of scary statistics that have been seen, such as "54% of teens have private conversations with strangers online" and "30% of teens have talked about meeting with strangers in person." Thank goodness for COPPA!

Protecting Children's Privacy Under COPPA. Youtube - Protecting Children's Privacy Under COPPA. Federal Trade Commission, 2 July 2013. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.


Want to Know More?

Check out our video on all three pieces of the Protection Acts!!!

Schouweiler, David. "CIPA, COPPA, & FERPA." YouTube. YouTube, 1 2 Nov. 2014. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.