It is the policy of the Copiah Jefferson Regional Library to:  (a) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (b) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (c) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h).)

To the extent practical, technology protection measures will be used to filter internet sites deemed inappropriate for underage viewers.  Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, filtering shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

Technology protection measures may be bypassed:

  1. for adult patrons (18 yrs or older) who:
  1. present an active library card
  2. have a signed computer agreement on file
  3. have paid all overdue fines
  4. specifically ask for the protection to be bypassed
  5. work at designated workstations only
  1. for adult out-of-town visitors (18 yrs or older), at the

discretion of the librarian, who:

  1. sign a computer agreement form
  2. specifically ask for the protection to be bypassed
  3. work at designated workstations only
  1. for patrons under the age of 18 who:
  1. present an active library card
  2. parent/guardian has signed a filed computer agreement for the child
  3. have paid all overdue fines
  4. specifically ask for the protection to by bypassed
  5. are accompanied by a parent/guardian (parent/guardian must stay on-site)
  6. work at designated workstations only

Under no circumstances is any library staff member to volunteer to override internet filters and/or other security measures.

Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Copiah Jefferson Regional Library staff to supervise and monitor compliance of the aforementioned policy.

Child Internet Protection Act

This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Regional Board of the Copiah Jefferson Regional Library at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on March 7, 2002.

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE.  Any specific technology that blocks or filters Internet Access to visual depictions that are:

  1. OBSCENE, as defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;
  2. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as defined in section 2256 of title 18, United

States Code; or

  1. HARMFUL TO MINORS.

HARMFUL TO MINORS.  Any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

  1. taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
  2. depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals;
  3. taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors having the meanings given in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.

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Policy’s Procedural Implementation

No one, regardless of age, is allowed to physically type on a public computer unless they have their card with them.        

No patron under the age of 18 is to be in the AREA of the public computers unless he/she has their card with them *OR* are with their parent/guardian.  (Signage regarding this particular situation would be appropriate.)

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