Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Defining Terms in CIPA’s New Requirements

The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act does not define some of the terms that are found within the new requirements. We have put together the following definitions to help you understand some of the terminology used in the Act. These definitions are for reference purposes only–your local or state laws may have codified definitions for these terms.

  • A ‘social networking website’ is a website which functions as an online community of people who share common interests and activities, and wish to interact with others. Social networking websites generally provide multiple ways for users to interact with each other including blogging, sending messages to other users (both publicly viewable and private), gaming, and chatting.  
  • A ‘chat room’ is a form of communication in which users communicate in real-time. This can include private and publicly viewable messages sent to other users of the chat room. A chat room can also encompass ‘instant messaging’ which is generally a one-on-one, real-time conversation between two individuals.
  • ‘Cyberbullying’ is simply traditional bullying using electronic media (online, telephone, text messaging, etc.).
question icon

We’re here to help!

Our mission is to provide high-quality consulting and support services for the needs of E-rate program participants. We consult with applicants to help them understand, effectively utilize, and maintain compliance with E-rate rules and regulations. We help prepare and submit paperwork, and interact with program administrators on our clients’ behalf.

Request a Consultation