Laws & Standards Governing Classroom IT

  • The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

    A federal law that addresses concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. It mandates the filtering of content by school districts and public libraries, the use of an Internet safety policy, and education of students about appropriate online behavior. Schools and libraries cannot receive discounts offered by the E-rate program unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. For more detailed information on CIPA, visit

    The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

    This act applies to the online collection of personal information from children under 13, including full name, home address, email address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child. COPPA governs the websites that provide student services to districts and forbids them from collecting information from children under 13 years of age. Districts that do not disclose to a web service provider that their users are under the age of 13 are in violation of the law. This is why all educational sites state that they are not for use by children under the age of 13 without parental permission. For more detailed information, visit

    Copyright Laws


    International Socieity of Technology in Education (ISTE) Instructional Technology Standards


    MA Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards