Children and the Internet

CANTON FREE LIBRARY

Children and the Internet

The library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and legal guardians to guide their childrens use of all library resources, including the Internet. A wide variety of sites for different age levels and points of view are available through the Internet. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their childrens use of the Internet, to talk about their personal values and expectations for their childrens use of this resource.

At the Canton Free Library, children 14 years of age and below must have a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian to use the library’s Internet access computers. In addition, children in sixth grade and below must be accompanied at the UPSTAIRS computer by an adult, 18 years old or older. Children using the Internet computers in the Children’s’ Room need not be monitored by a caregiver.

Not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete, or current information. Parents and children are encouraged to ask Library staff, as time allows, for help locating resources on the Internet.

The Canton Free Library encourages parents and children to read together Child Safety on the Information Highway, a publication jointly produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association. This information is available at the Circulation Desk and at https://www.safekids.com/child-safety-on-the-information-highway/. Caregivers may also log on to Connect Safely at https://www.connectsafely.org/allguides/ 
and/or www.getnetwise.org for additional safety tips and more.

DISCLAIMER: It is impossible for the library staff to control the content of material on the Internet. Therefore, parents are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their minor children. This responsibility is affirmed with the signing of a minor child’s Internet use permission slip. Remember, its not the technology, but how its used, that makes a difference. American Library Association

Approved by the Canton Free Library Board of Trustees
December 13, 2006

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