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Internet Safety Policy

Introduction

In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) {Pub. L. No 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)}, it is the policy of the Oliver Wolcott Library to: a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via internet, electronic mail, social media, or other forms of direct electronic communications; b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors. 

Library’s Computer Network

The Library’s computer network includes public access computers, staff computers, and our wireless network.

Access to Inappropriate Material

Internet filters are used to block access to inappropriate information, specifically visual depictions of material deemed obscene, or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors as defined by CIPA.
As allowed by CIPA, filters may be disabled for adults 18 years or older who request it for bona fide research or any other lawful purpose. Users may speak with a library staff member to request unblocking of a blocked site.

Internet Network Usage

The Internet offers access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching. Because the internet is a vast and unregulated information network, it enables access to ideas, information, images, and commentary beyond the Library’s selection criteria and collection development policies. Users are cautioned that ideas, points of view and images can be found on the internet which are controversial, divergent, and inflammatory. Access does not mean to imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary which may be found on the Internet. Furthermore, because access points on the internet change, the Library cannot protect individuals from information and images which they might find offensive or disturbing.
The Library supports and encourages the right of each individual and each family to determine appropriate internet use for themselves and their children. Use of the internet presents an opportunity for each family to discuss sites and content they feel is appropriate or inappropriate. Responsibility for, and any restrictions of, a child’s use of the internet rests solely with his or her parents or legal guardians.

 

Computers in the Children’s Room

The only computer available in the Children’s Room is a catalog computer. This computer is set-up to only access our online catalog and shared library catalog.

Approved July 2021