As a Technological Protection Measure, Smoothwall has the flexibility you need
to be able to fullfill your CIPA requiments.
According to guidance provided at the USAC website, the internet safety policy must address the following issues:
Fundamentally, this means that a school or library must have a technological protection measure, which can monitor user activity and regulate access to content, primarily visual depictions, which are considered “obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.” Internet Safety Policies have expanded to address educating appropriate online behavior including interaction, cyber-bulling awareness, and response.
Required on computers with internet access, the Technology Protection Measure must not only provide protection to minors against materials deemed “harmful to minors” but also provide a way for authorized personnel to disable those protection when in use for bona fide research.
“Harmful to minors” actually has a very specific definition in this context. It includes, “any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that – (i) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; (ii) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and (iii) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.”
According to USAC, “The authority with responsibility for administration of the school or library must provide reasonable public notice and hold at least one public hearing or meeting to address a proposed technology protection measure and Internet safety policy. For private schools, public notice means notice to their appropriate constituent group.”
There are several points where documentation will be required to prove certain elements of CIPA compliance have been met, but the documentation requirements differ depending on the status of the organization in question. For first time filers, there are is a detailed list of critera to be met, but for those schools and libraries who have already been a part of the program, a smaller list of documentation is required in the event of an audit. Those documentation requirements can be found in detail on the USAC website.
Smoothwall can help schools meet their CIPA requirements in the following ways:
Our specially developed technologies deliver real-time Dynamic Content Analysis™ of web pages, all without impacting on the users’ experience.