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Guidelines for Online Usage

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

This act requires any school district or public library receiving funds from E-Rate protect children from obscene content, pornography and other explicit online content through the use of protective technology, e.g. Internet content filters. More information can be found on the FCC website.

To address CIPA compliance, Rockwood uses the content filter iBoss for all users on the Rockwood network. We enforce content filtering on district-provided Chromebooks on- and off-premise. We did have a period of time when the content filtering was not working consistently off-premise and students were able to access sites they should not, for example, Netflix. This has been addressed and is tested off-site daily to ensure it is continuing to work as expected.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

This act is designed to give parents control over the information about their children online. It does this by setting standards and rules that must be followed for the collection and use of data for children under the age of 13. We discussed the need for students to read the terms of service or terms of use to determine if they are (a) old enough to sign up for the use of the service and (b) if parental permission is required if they are between 13 and 17 years of age. Businesses that knowingly violate COPPA are subject to extremely hefty fines. More information can be found on the FTC website. Rockwood School District asks teachers to review the terms of service or terms of use for websites before using them with students to ensure that the sites are COPPA compliant