Jul 24, 2012
EdgeWave Inc. (OTCBB/OTCQB: EWVE), a leading provider of Secure Content Management (SCM) solutions, today announced that its iPrism Social Media Security solution can help schools comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules requiring them to monitor and filter student interaction with social networking sites in order to qualify for E-Rate funds. Schools must be in compliance with the new rules as of July 1, 2012, or risk losing access to the funds. In conjunction with its new social media solution for schools, EdgeWave has established a cyberbullying resource center that includes information on cyberbullying and how iPrism can help schools mitigate online threats to students at cyberbullying.edgewave.com.
iPrism Social Media Security allows schools to seamlessly monitor and control user interactions with social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter and gives educators visibility into student interactions with these sites. The FCC rules pertain to the certification of compliance with CIPA requirements established on August 10, 2011. The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act revises a portion of the Commission’s rules, and requires that a school’s “Internet safety policy must also include monitoring the online activities of minors and must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.”
According to Melody Sheppard, Director of Technology for Warren County Public Schools, “We are very concerned about social media use at our school and our need to comply with the new CIPA rules. Virtually all of our students are using social networking in one way or another and it’s something we would like to be able to manage rather than just block completely.”
The FCC rules require K-12 schools to initiate policies and training with the goal of teaching minor students appropriate online behavior. It also requires that technology be in place to assure the safety of minors and the protection of their personal information online, including protection from participation in illegal activities, including “hacking”. In addition, language in the legislation acknowledges that social networking sites are not inherently harmful and in fact can be a resource for positive learning experiences when used appropriately. According to the FCC, social networking sites “have the potential to support student learning” and can enable users to “participate in online social networks where people from all over the world share ideas, collaborate, and learn new things.”
“The new rules reflect the concern of legislators about both the use and misuse of social networking by K-12 students,” said Steve Brunetto, EdgeWave Director of Product Management. “EdgeWave assists educators in using social networking safely, without having to employ an all-or-nothing approach. Solutions such as iPrism Social Media Security and YouTube for Schools provide granular control over popular social networking platforms, allowing educators to use social media to enrich the learning experience while providing the tools they need to deal with problems such as cyberbullying.”
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