Essay on Information Technology Acts

688 Words Jun 18th, 2011 3 Pages
Information Technology Acts

Information Technology Acts
Almost every home, school, and library in the United States, has computers and access to the internet. Although computers are vital to children’s success in school, the Internet can expose them to inappropriate material and online predators. With the constant advances in technology over the years, the increase in Internet use by children and teenagers has resulted in concerns about preventing illegal Internet activities. In an attempt to mitigate crimes such as piracy, copyright infringement, accessing of pornographic material by minors, and identity thief, the United States Congress implemented several legislative acts to address these concerns (Harrison, n. d.). The following
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The purpose of the law is to safe guard the privacy and accuracy of students. The law applies to any school receiving funding from the Federal government. The schools must have consent from the student and parent’s before disclosing school records. School officials are prohibited from divulging personal information to anyone other than the student. The school must have written permission from the parent before any type of personal information is disclosed. FERRA also requires institutions to provide students and their parents with access to school records and the opportunity to challenge the content of records if they believe them to be inaccurate. A partial list of students rights under FERPA are listed below: * The right to inspect and review educational records within 45 days. * The right to request the amendment of educational records that may be inaccurate. * The right to consent to disclosures of personal identifiable information contained in the students records; the right to revoke consent or have information deleted. * The right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if the college fails to comply with FERPA
Conclusion
Through the Children’s Internet protection Act and The family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, children are protected from illegal internet activities, piracy, online predators, and equal rights pertaining to the privacy of