The Internet safety policy requirement covers five areas. It is designed to be a comprehensive policy governing Internet usage by minors in public schools and libraries and, as such, goes beyond the issue of filtering web pages. More broadly, libraries and schools must monitor several types of Internet usage. Under FCC rules, the policy must address five key areas.
- Access by minors to “inappropriate matter” on the Internet and the World Wide Web.
- The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
- Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful online activities by minors.
- Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.
- Measures designed to restrict minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.
Prior to adopting an Internet safety policy, schools and libraries must provide public notice of the process and hold at least one public hearing or meeting on the proposed policy. The actual adopted policy must be available for review by the FCC.