What Parents Should Know About Child Safety and the Internet
The district complies with:
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2000 to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers.
CIPA: No filtering system or software can guarantee 100% blocking of inappropriate Internet sites. However, these are the steps that Minerva Central School has taken;
The district uses a content filter on all computers in the district. The software is installed on our proxy servers through which all Internet traffic travels.
Middle and high school students sign AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) agreements at the start of each school year. Students who violate the AUP are disciplined by school administrators and may lose computer privileges.
All elementary students discuss "acceptable use" at the beginning of each school year with their classroom teachers.
Middle and high school students obtain email accounts after signing their AUP. Elementary students do not use email accounts.
To ensure privacy, students' full names or first names with pictures cannot be posted on any district web or page. Students' first names OR pictures may be posted with permission from parents. Parent permission forms are included in the informational packets distributed each school year.
Chat Rooms and Other Internet Risks
Filtering and Blocking Links and Tools
Lesson Plans and Materials on Internet Safety
Safety Activities, Guides, and Tips
CyberTipline (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children): Resources to help teens protect themselves online and information for parents and guardians.
Get NetWise: Find out how to identify online trouble and who to contact for help. This site is organized into four sections:Net Cetera, from the FTC and the FCC (onguardonline.gov)In Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online, OnGuardOnline gives adults practical tips to help kids navigate the onlineworld
SafeTeens: Advice for teens and parents about using the Internet safely.
Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens: Social networking safety tips from the Federal Trade Commission.
Stop Cyberbullying: Find out what cyberbullying is, why it happens, and how to prevent it from happening.Wired Safety.org: WiredSafety provides help, information, and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. We also help parents with issues, such as MySpace and cyberbullying.
Web Safety Activities