Supervising Children’s Internet Use

It is the Library’s policy that parents or legal guardians must assume the responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their children.  There will be resources which parents may believe are inappropriate for their children.  Restrictions of a child’s access to the information available on the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian, and the parent should supervise the child’s Internet sessions.  The Library does not have the right or the legal responsibility to act in loco parentis.  Therefore, the Library, its employees, and its Trustees will not be held responsible for any objectionable materials accessed from the Internet by a minor.

Anyone under 18 years of age must have an active library patron card and a parent or legal guardian signed Computer Use Agreement before the child will be allowed access to the Library’s computers.  This form, when signed, shows that the parent or legal guardian agrees to the following:

  1. That the parent or legal guardian understands that the child will have access to the Internet and all of the information provided.
  2. That it is the parent’s or legal guardian’s responsibility, not the Library’s, to instruct the child as to what information from the Internet is appropriate for them.

Completed Parental Internet Consent Forms will be on file in the Library until such time that a parent or legal guardian wishes to have the child’s Internet privileges discontinued.

Choosing and Evaluating Sources

The Internet (World Wide Web) is a globally-produced entity with a highly diverse user population and information content.  Patrons using the Library’s Internet connection do so at their own discretion.  The Library cannot censor access to materials or protect users from materials which some may find offensive.  The Library is not capable of monitoring or controlling information accessible from the Internet and do not accept responsibility for its content.

As with printed information, not all of the information provided by sources on the Internet is accurate, complete, or current.  Internet users should evaluate Internet resources just as they do print information, and should question the validity of the information provided on the Internet.

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