Protecting children of all ages begins from the time they are born. Parents want their children to be safe - from their car seats and cribs to the clothes they wear and the food they eat. In April 2001, when the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) went into effect, this protection also began to include less physical things.
It no longer was just about keeping our kids safe in their backyard, but it became about keeping them safe in and on the Internet.
One way that CIPA protects children is by requiring that some businesses put into place internet safety policies, procedures and in some cases equipment that will block and filter access to obscene visual depictions, child pornography and, when the computer is used by minor, visual depictions that are harmful to minors. Bradford Tioga Head Start (BTHS) takes protecting young children from the dangers of the internet very seriously.
A CIPA policy is in place and there are additional policies and procedures to protect the children and families we serves.
When a child is being enrolled into a BTHS program, teachers speak with parents about how throughout the year they take many pictures of the children, both individually and as a group.
They also talk about how and where these pictures might be used. Parents are then given a permission to photograph form that they must sign telling BTHS whether or not they will allow their child's picture to appear in any or all forms of media: newsletters, website, Facebook, etc.
Protecting children who attend Bradford Tioga Head Start is the priority, whether it is on the playground or in photos in newsletters or on the internet!
Bradford-Tioga Head Start is a program which offers state and federally funded programs for pregnant mothers, families and their children, newborn up to the age of five; this includes Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K Counts services.
For more information call 800-808-5287, ext. 400, or visit www.bradfordtio gahs.org.