Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) 

All libraries that receive E-Rate discounts for Internet Access, Internal Connections, Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections or Managed Internal Broadband Services must be compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Computers purchased with LSTA funds must also have filters.  In Arkansas, a library that does not receive E-Rate or LSTA funds for computers is not required to filter. 

To be CIPA compliant, a library must:

  • Filter visual images of child pornography, obscene material and images that are harmful to minors (for use on computers accessed by minors)
  • Have an Internet Safety Policy
  • Hold at least one meeting open to the public where the filter and internet safety policy are discussed.  A board meeting open to the public is an example of a public meeting.  Save meeting minutes and public notice announcing the meeting agenda.

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