FCC Statement on the “Categorical” Blocking of Social Networking Sites for Students

The FCC recently made some bold statements regarding “categorically” blocking social networking sites as they related to CIPA’s “harmful to minors” clause.

Although it is possible that certain individual Facebook or MySpace pages could potentially contain material harmful to minors, we do not find that these websites are per se “harmful to minors” or fall into one of the categories that schools and libraries must block.


Declaring such sites categorically harmful to minors would be inconsistent with the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act’s focus on “educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.”