Internet Policy

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Internet Policy

Guernsey Memorial Library provides the public with timely access to information through a wide variety of materials, appropriate technology, and a well trained staff. The Library recognizes the importance of electronic information to the educational, recreational, and reference needs of the community. To meet this need the library offers internet access to library patrons as a supplement to traditional print sources of information. Although the internet can be used for a variety of purposes, the library supports access only to those functions which are consistent with its mission.

Guernsey Memorial Library has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. We assume no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from our connection to the internet. We have no control over the availability of our network access or inability to connect to any site due to excessive traffic on the internet, or the availability of information links, which change frequently. The Library makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of information available on the internet. Not all information available on the internet is accurate, current, or complete. The library monitors the sites you access. Users are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via the internet. The Library affirms it is the right and responsibility of parents to monitor their minor children’s use of library materials, including internet access.

Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to use the internet terminals.

Children from the ages of 12 through 16 may use the internet only with a signed parental permission slip (permission slip MUST be signed in the presence of an employee).

To address the issue of the safety and security of minors (individuals who have not attained the age of 17) when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications, the Library recommends the following safety guidelines. Minors should:

Always ask their parents' permission before using their full name, address, telephone number, or school name anywhere on the Internet;

Always tell their parents or another adult they trust if they see something online that is frightening or that they do not understand;

Never respond to messages that make them feel uncomfortable or uneasy;

Never give out a credit card number or password online without parental approval, and

Never arrange to meet in person someone they have met online unless they discuss it with their parents and an adult accompanies them.

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Reviewed & Approved by Board: April 14, 2016


Internet Policy

Manual Name

Library Policy Manual

Date Revised:

March 4, 2015

Date Issued:

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