Waltham Public Schools - Internet Safety

This wikispace provides Internet Safety Resources for parents, teachers and students. The curriculum has moved to Waltham Curriculum website.

Background for developing an Internet Safety Policy:

From eRate Central's Internet Safety Policy post: - effective July 1, 2012
Last August, the FCC released CIPA rule revisions incorporating the E-rate provisions of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act enacted in 2008. The most important aspect of the new Order (FCC 11-125) is that Internet safety policies must "…include monitoring the online activities of minors and 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."

The new education requirements for Internet safety become effective in funding year 2012-2013 (i.e. July 1, 2012) — for all school E-rate applicants applying for discounts on anything more than telecommunications services.

The two key questions to be addressed are:
  1. What must be added to an Internet safety policy to make it compliant?
  2. How must the change be made and documented?

Neither the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act nor the implementing FCC Order provides much in the way of details beyond general language calling for the inclusion of a monitoring and educational policy component. This provides some flexibility for any applicant seeking to update their policy. E-Rate Central, for example, has updated its CIPA Primer to include only minimal education policy language, namely:

[For schools only] The <Title> or designated representatives will provide age-appropriate training for students who use the <School's> Internet facilities. The training provided will be designed to promote the <School's> commitment to:

The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in the <School's> Internet Safety Policy;

Student safety with regard to:
  • safety on the Internet;
  • appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms; and
  • cyberbullying awareness and response.

Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA").

Following receipt of this training, the student will acknowledge that he/she received the training, understood it, and will follow the provisions of the District's acceptable use policies.

While this should meet all of the FCC's requirements, a school interested in incorporating more expansive educational provisions may want to include language detailing actual education programs, schedules, and resources by grade level. One excellent (and free) resource for schools addressing the new CIPA requirements is the Common Sense Media Cyberbullying Toolkit.

Click here for mp3 file: interview with autthor.

"Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying" is the the National Crime Prevention Council June 2010 Book Club selection. Listen to an audio interview (17-minutes, MP3) with Dr. Hinduja about the book: click here.