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Internet Safety Policy for Minors
The Vigo County Public Library complies with the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (N-CIPA) by enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes measures to protect against access by minors (an individual who has not attained the age of 17) to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors. The unauthorized disclosure of personal identification or information, engagement in hacking or unauthorized access, or other unlawful activities are prohibited.
In compliance with N-CIPA, the Vigo County Public Library utilizes a technology protection measure (internet filtering software) in a best effort to enforce the restrictions as outlined in the act in all library departments and at all library locations. In recognition of the limitations of technology measures to fully enforce restrictions or provide adequate protective measures the VCPL has adopted the following provisions:
The use by minors of library computer equipment or internet bandwidth to access material that is obscene, illegal, or harmful to minors (which may be distributed via electronic mail, chat, or other forms of direct electronic communication) is prohibited.
The use by minors of library computer equipment or internet bandwidth to engage in unauthorized access, including hacking and other unlawful activities online is prohibited.
The unauthorized disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors is prohibited.
Parents/guardians of minor children assume responsibility for their child’s use of the Internet. Parents and children are encouraged to view Netsmartz Safety Tips (www.netsmartz.org), a resource promoting online safety.
The Vigo County Public Library adheres to federal laws regarding access to information and exposure to certain explicit images and materials. The Vigo County Public Library upholds and affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of library materials and resources, including internet and digital resources, and encourages parents and guardians to work closely with their children in selecting materials that are consistent with personal and family values.
The Vigo County Public Library retains the right to determine limits of appropriate use of library resources. Users refusing to abide by the instructions or requests of Library staff in enforcing this policy may have their privileges for use of resources revoked pending review by Library Administration.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Vigo County Public Library on the 20th day of May, 2013.