Internet Safety Policy

Internet Safety Policy

For

Ellsworth Public Library

Introduction

It is the policy of the Ellsworth Public 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 Childrens Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the 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 access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Childrens 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 Ellsworth Public Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Childrens Internet Protection Act, prevention of

inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including socalled

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 Ellsworth Public Library staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Childrens Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Childrens Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Library Director or designated representatives.

Adoption

This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Board of the Ellsworth Public Library at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on August 22, 2016.