Commission Releases Order Implementing Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act


The Commission has released the long-awaited Order1 adding statutory language from the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (“PCCA”)2 to the existing Commission rules implementing the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”)3 for the E-rate program. The Commission also took the opportunity to revise its current rules to more closely reflect the statutory language from the CIPA. The following are key items required of schools making their certification:

- Internet safety policy must educate minors about: “appropriate online behavior,” how to interact with others on social network sites and in chat rooms, and being aware of and responding to cyberbullying;

- Schools and libraries must enforce their technology protection measures while their Internet is in use;

- Schools are required to maintain their Internet safety policies for at least five years after the last day of service delivered in a particular funding year.

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