Internet Safety Policy

The Academy of Holy Angels’ (hereinafter “school”) Internet Safety Policy represents a good faith effort to promote the safe, ethical, responsible, and legal use of the Internet, support the effective use of the Internet for educational purposes, protect students against potential dangers in their use of the Internet, and ensure accountability.

It is the policy of the School to:

  1. Prevent access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
  2. Ensure the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;
  3. Prevent the unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
  4. Prevent the unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; 
  5. Implement measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them; and
  6. Comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. 

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the School’s online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

Education, Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the School staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

The School will implement the use of a Technology Protection Measure, or filter, to protect against access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, and materials that are harmful to minors, as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act. The filter may also be configured to protect against access to other material considered inappropriate for students to access.  Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of Director of Technology or designated representatives.

The Director of Technology or designated representatives will provide training for ALL students who use the School’s Internet facilities. The training provided will be designed to promote the School’s commitment to:

a. The standards and acceptable use of Internet services;

b. Student safety with regard to:

  1. Safety on the Internet;
  2. Appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms; and
  3. Cyberbullying awareness and response; 

c.     Age appropriate materials will be made available for use across grade levels;

d.    Training on online safety issues and materials implementation will be made available for administration, staff and parent; and      

e.     Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”). 

The School will implement procedures to supervise and monitor student use of the Internet through staff supervision and technical monitoring. Student use of the network will be supervised by staff in a manner that is appropriate to the age of the students and circumstances of use.

Record Retention

School will retain Internet Safety Policy documentation — including both the Policy itself and the adoption records — for a period of five years after the end of the funding year that relied on that Policy.

Although five years is the standard record retention rule, the FCC notes that this may mean the retention of Policy documentation for far longer than five years.  If, for example, a Policy adopted in 2005 was used as the basis for a Form 486 certification for 2011-2012, the documentation must be retained until at least June 30, 2017.  Special dispensation on record retention is provided for applicants who had adopted their policies prior to August 2004, the date the FCC initially established the five-year retention rule.

Adoption

CIPA Requires a local public notice and a hearing or meeting to address any newly adopted Internet safety policies pursuant to CIPA. This requirement only applies to an entity that has no previous Internet Safety Policy or did not provide public notice and a hearing or meeting when it adopted its Internet Safety Policy.

This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Board of Directors at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on February, 28, 2015


CIPA glossary of terms:

Child Pornography: Any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means, of sexually explicit conduct, where— the production of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; such visual depiction is a digital image, computer image, or computer-generated image that is, or is indistinguishable from, that of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or such visual depiction has been created, adapted, or modified to appear that an identifiable minor is engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Harmful To Minors: Any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that: 1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; 2. 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 3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.  (Secs. 1703(b)(2), 20 U.S.C. sec 3601(a)(5)(F) as added by CIPA sec 1711, 20 U.S.C. sec 9134(b)(f )(7)(B) as added by CIPA sec 1712(a), and 147 U.S.C. sec. 254(h)(c)(G) as added by CIPA sec. 1721(a)).

Inappropriate Matter:  A determination regarding what matter is inappropriate for minors shall be made by the school board, local educational agency, library, or other United States authority responsible for making the determination. No agency or instrumentality of the Government may, 1. Establish criteria for making such determination; 2. Review agency determination made by the certifying school, school board, local educational agency, library, or other authority; or 3. Consider the criteria employed by the certifying school, school board, educational agency, library, or other authority in the administration of subsection 47 U.S.C. § 254(h)(1)(B).

Minor:  Any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years.

Obscene: CIPA refers to existing federal law to define obscenity (18 U.S.C. Section 1460). Federal law does not define obscenity there, however. In the absence of a statutory definition, the courts will likely apply the Miller obscenity test, (Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 25 [1973]), which leaves the definition of obscenity to state law.

Sexual Act: The 1. Contact between the penis and the vulva or the penis and the anus, and for purposes of this subparagraph contact involving the penis occurs upon penetration, however slight; 2. Contact between the mouth and the penis, the mouth and the vulva, or the mouth and the anus; 3. The penetration, however slight, of the anal or genital opening of another by a hand or finger or by any object, with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person; or 4. The intentional touching, not through the clothing, of the genitalia of another person who has not attained the age of 16 years with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person;

Sexual Contact:  The intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person;

Technology Protection Measures:  A specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are: 1. Obscene, 2. Child Pornography, or 3. Harmful to minors.