The Charlton Public Library offers free access to the Internet. The Internet allows our patrons to connect to networks of resources outside the library. The service is intended for independent use.
The Charlton Public Library strives 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 Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act. https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act
Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. The determination regarding matter inappropriate for minors shall be made by the Charlton Public Library Board of Trustees.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Charlton Public Library’s online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
Education, Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the library staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy.
Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Library Director or designated representatives.
This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Charlton Board of Library Trustees at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on May 20, 2021.