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CIPA, COPPA, Data Privacy and Digital Citizenship

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), signed into law in December 2000, states that no school or library may receive E-rate discounts for its Internet access unless the school or library certifies it is enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes the use of filtering or blocking technology to protect against access, through computers, to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or (in the case of use by minors) harmful to minors.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998 imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age. The law details what a website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent or guardian, and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children's privacy and safety online including restrictions on the marketing to those under 13.

Data Privacy

The education data agenda is often misunderstood by educators and parents alike, including questions surrounding CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, and online safety. Wisconsin DPI seeks to make the case for education data while ensuring state policymakers meet their moral and legal responsibilities to safeguard this information and ensure its appropriate and ethical use

Resources for Digital Leaders

Digital Citizenship and Responsible Use Resources

"Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use." --Mike Ribble
CoSN Issues K-12 Privacy Toolkit for School Leaders - See more at:
For questions about this information, contact Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054, William Herman (608) 267-2346