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Internet Safety Policy 

Introduction

It is the policy of the Parkland Community Library to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, 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; and (d) comply with the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-534].

Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA- http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.html

Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical “Internet filters” shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, and access to inappropriate information on specific computers.

Specifically, as required by the CIPA, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of materials deemed harmful to minors. Filters are not always 100% effective in blocking sites that may be offensive to any individual. They can also block desired and inoffensive material.

Subject to staff supervision, Internet filters may be disabled or, in the case of minors, disabled with parental permission for bona fide research or other lawful purpose.

Safety

Steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Parkland Community Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, social media and other forms of direct electronic communications. Minors should never disclose personal information such as name, address, or phone numbers when using the Internet. The use of chat rooms and instant messaging is prohibited.

Inappropriate Network Usage

Some behaviors are not permitted in the Library’s limited public forum. The Library has a set of behavior guidelines that apply to users of the Internet as well as to all other library services. In addition, patrons are not permitted to:

  • Use library computers to visit chat sites or to use Instant Messaging

  • Use library computers for unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking”, and other unlawful activities

  • Behave in a way that intrudes upon the rights of others. Patrons are not permitted to invade the privacy of other library patrons, harass library staff or patrons, damage or disrupt library computer resources, or spam in violation of federal, state, or local laws in ordinances, including, but not limited to, Code of Pennsylvania.

  • Disclose personal identification information regarding minors

  • Use library computers to violate copyright protection or licensing agreements in violation of applicable federal, state, or local laws or ordinances, including, but not limited to Title 17 of the United States Code.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect some content. No library patron is permitted to use a library computer to view obscenity, child pornography, or to display illegal content, or if a minor to view materials harmful to juveniles in violation of federal, state, or local laws or ordinances including, but not limited to, Code of Pennsylvania.

Response to Prohibited Behaviors and Content

Library patrons who encounter content or behavior that violates library policy should report it to library staff. Content that a patron considers illegal should be reported. An individual whose behavior violates library policy will be warned about the specific behavior that is prohibited. If the violations continue after warning, he or she will be banned from the facility for a specific period of time. If a patron encounters content or behavior that may be illegal, either the patron or the staff should report it to law enforcement. The Library will not judge the legality of content. It will help a patron refer a concern about illegal content to the appropriate authorities. Although the library makes every attempt to respect the privacy of its patrons, privacy cannot be guaranteed while using the Internet in the Library’s public forum.

Wireless Internet (WiFi)

The Parkland Community Library offers free wireless internet in the library for any patron who has a portable device with WiFi capability such as a Laptop, PDA’s or iPad.

Library wireless users must comply with the same computer and internet use policy designated for the Library’s public computers.

The library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment, or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library’s wireless network. Use of our available Wireless Internet is at the patron’s own risk.

Service is available as is. There is no guarantee of availability or quality.

All library policies apply to wireless access users.