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For the students in Asheboro City Schools, the Internet allows access to a wealth of rich, educational content.  These resources are further enhanced by the opportunities for valuable online collaboration and communication which contribute to a student's academic growth and preparation for future success.
 
However, we recognize that students need to learn ethical and safe online behavior.  This collection of resources can be used by middle school teachers to teach students how to use the Internet efficiently while behaving ethically, keeping safe, and avoiding inappropriate content or unwanted contact from strangers.
 
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries.
 
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: (a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; (b) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; (c) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online; (d) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and (e) measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them.
 
Goals:

To increase student knowledge of Internet safety

To aid the student in identifying dangers on the Internet

To build critical-thinking and decision-making skills relating to computer usage

To help students protect themselves through appropriate online behavior

Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media