CIPA Compliance

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted on April 20, 2001 and was created to ensure that elementary and secondary schools looking to obtain E-rate funding, first protect their children from adult content on the Internet. Most public and some private schools are participating in this funding project with the US government and commonly look for software and hardware solutions that qualify for this funding by being CIPA compliant.

CIPA compliance means that an organization is taking reasonable steps to implement technology and protection measures that block or filter visual depictions that are obscene or disturbing. This includes child pornography or other content considered harmful to minors. The Child Information Protection Act, “CIPA” requires annual certification of compliance by showing that blocking or filtering technology is used on the school’s computers, network and devices.

Source: ALA.org (.pdf)

ContentWatch and its ContentProtect Pro brand, provide cost-effective, quality solutions to ensure schools, libraries and other organizations are in compliance with the CIPA requirements. This helps to protect the children using their networks and devices and additionally helps to ensure that these organizations are eligible for E-rate government funding.

ContentWatch offers both hardware and software solutions which enable robust blocking and filtering technology. The solutions offer easy to implement internet policies that can be applied to devices on and off the network, such as time controls, custom rules, email alerts for filter change requests, blocked categories, blacklisting websites and much more.  The use of ContentProtect Pro will help meet the CIPA compliance requirements for schools, libraries and other organizations seeking E-rate funding for their technology implementations.