Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act
The Broadband Data Improvement Act was signed into law by President Bush on October 10, 2008. The law, in general, aims to improve data collection and promote affordable broadband services. Title II of the Act incorporates much of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act that was introduced by former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens in 2007, and is cited under this name. The Act includes provisions that creates a public awareness campaign on Internet use and safety as well as develop strategies promoting safe Internet usage by children.
The Act also adds some additional requirements to the schools and libraries that receive E-rate discounts. These additional requirements are chiefly focused on educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including:
- Interacting with other individuals on social networking websites,
- Interacting with others in chat rooms
- Cyber-bullying awareness and response.
These new requirements went into effect when the President signed the Act into law. Beginning July 1, 2012, an E-rate applicant’s Internet Safety Policy should include provisions that address these new requirements. As of that date, when an applicant makes the CIPA certifications on their Form 486, the new requirements from the Children in the 21st Century Act are included and applicants are certifying that these new requirements have been incorporated into their Internet Safety Policy.