Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952606 | Print ISBN: 9781412905305 | Online ISBN: 9781412952606| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000 (CIPA)
Jennifer L. Lambe
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for its implementation. CIPA compels public schools and libraries receiving federal funding for Internet access to install a “technology protection measure” on each computer that connects to the Internet; they are also required to have a formal Internet safety policy. The motivation for CIPA is to block children from accessing inappropriate sexual content online. Specifically, the law requires visual depictions that are obscene, contain child pornography, or are harmful to minors to be filtered on computers in public school and libraries. Textual content is not ...