As according to the FCC,
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications services and products more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011. ... Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing:
Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; 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 activities by minors online; Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and Measures restricting minors' access to materials harmful to them.
The thing is, CIPA defines "obscene or harmful content" as
Any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that – (i) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a
prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; (ii) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and (iii) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
Wouldn't this mean that CIPA only blocks obscene images? Pornography extends beyond just images and videos. It includes literature, too.
Has this already been addressed? Please let me know.
Our local library put up signs informing us of their internet filtering "as according to the Children's Internet Protection Act."