Lassen Library Internet Use Policy

Adopted by Lassen Library Board of Trustees on 7/16/2009

I.

As a public library, Lassen Library supports the free speech rights of citizens as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Lassen Library applies very limited restrictions on its provision of free and open access to the Internet and other electronic resources. Lassen Library does not employ any filtering technologies on it computers. However, Library staff can and will randomly monitor all patrons' use of its public access computers and will enforce basic usage policies to minimize the level of abuse and/or undue exposure of inappropriate material to underage patrons. Violators can expect loss of access to the library's computers or expulsion from the Library.

II.

Lassen Library has no control over what information is available on or obtainable from the Internet. The Library cannot protect users from the Internet's information and images to which they might gain access nor can it guarantee an Internet site's continued existence or the quality or appropriateness of its content.

III.

Lassen Library expects users to exercise personal critical judgment in evaluating the validity and appropriateness of information they gain access to via the Internet. We also expect users to consider the sensibilities of other patrons to Internet content, taking actions that would help prevent their use of the Internet from bothering other patrons.

IV.

When using a library computer, complete privacy cannot be guaranteed. Lassen Library implements standard computer network security measures, such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall applications and non-retention of usage history, but these measures do not provide 100 percent protection of ones private or personal information that may be transmitted over the Internet from library computers. The Lassen Library District assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its electronic services or its connections to the Internet.

V.

With limited exception, Lassen Library will not assume the role of a parent or guardian with respect to their children's use of library computers. The Library expects parents to understand that children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images and that it is a parent's responsibility to ensure their children are educated on both the benefits and the dangers of Internet use in relation to family values and boundaries, and to monitor their children's use of the Internet. Lassen Library will assist parents and other caregivers in this education effort by making available online and printed materials about the Internet and its resources and how-to-guides for its safe use.

Online Safety Resources

Numerous online resources are available to parents and children that cover the subject of online safety and provide tips, guidance, links to safety products and extensive educational sources. Entering such words as "online safety", "net safety" "cyber safety" in a search engine will lead you to them.

The following resources are among the best:

Tagged, Inc. - Parents Guide to Online Safety

Cyber Angels - Cyber Safety Guide
(this pamphlet is available in the library)

Net Family News

Wired Safety

Microsoft Online Safety

Common Sense Media - The Internet Survival Guide for Parents

 

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