There are numerous amounts on Acts out there that protect web users; the Children’s Internet Protection Act, also known as CIPA and The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act also known as COPPA are two Acts that protect what children’s see in the internet or their personal information on the web. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was performed in the year 2000. This act was intended to protect children when being on the internet. It was intended for schools and libraries at first now anyone can protect children from the harmful views of the internet. CIPA required all schools and libraries to protect their websites for children. Some schools and libraries receive a discount for internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program. This program is more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. There are certain conditions for schools and libraries that are eligible for the discount of the E-rate program. These have to certify that they have an internet safety policy that includes technology protection. This protection must block or filter internet access to pictures that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors. (FCC, 2011)
They should also, give parents the choice of contacting the operation on to what they will use their child’s information on, and being able to prohibit the operator from sharing that information with third parties. Parents should be provided with access to their child’s personal information to review and be able to edit the information on their own behalf; also give them the opportunity to prevent future use of this child’s information. In other words, this Act should give you the security that your child’s information will be completely private for other’s use and will let the parent have complete control over what they can do with that information and for how long to use the child’s personal information; keeping the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the information they obtain from children. (FTC, 2008)
Acts that protect children from the harmful views of the web are a great security for parents when their child/children are at the age of getting on the web. Also, protecting children’s personal information on the web is a major safety policy for parents, knowing how advanced is technology now days.
1. FCC (2011). Children’s Internet Protection Act. Retrieved from http://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act
2. FTC (2008). Protecting America’s Consumers. Retrieved from http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm#general