IT Legal Studies

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Relate the requirements of CIPA, COPPA, and FERPA to First Amendment rights.

Assignment Requirements

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You are the systems administrator of a for-profit educational institution aimed at working adults. The institution’s library provides internet access to students, as well as their children while the parents are attending classes.

For this assignment:

  1. Research how the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) relate to First Amendment rights
  2. Prepare a summary report that addresses the following:
    • Bullet points of the requirements of CIPA, COPPA, and FERPA as they relate to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
    • Justification for why these laws might outweigh special rights related to free speech

Required Resources

  • Course textbook
  • Internet access

Submission Requirements

  • Format: Microsoft Word (or compatible)
  • Font: Arial, size 12, double-space
  • Citation Style: Follow your school’s preferred style guide
  • Length: 1–2 pages minimum

Self-Assessment Checklist

  • I listed requirements of CIPA, COPPA, and FERPA as they relate to the First Amendment.
  • I justified how each law might outweigh First Amendment rights.
  • I created a professional, well-developed report with proper documentation, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • I followed the submission guidelines.