Access by Minors to Internet Resources
The primary mission of the DISTRICT is to provide public information. Nevertheless, it is the intent oDouglas County Libraries to limit access by minors to Internet resources that are obscene or illegal.
Douglas County Libraries does this in a variety of ways:
- Douglas County Libraries has created web pages designed to direct minors to positive, high quality sites, created or reviewed by librarians.
- Douglas County Libraries offers various classes that teach parents and children how to search the World Wide Web safely and effectively.
- Douglas County Libraries provides supervision of public space. Minors, like adults, are expected to behave in a civil and appropriate manner in the library. The display of visual material that is sexual in nature or that might be considered immediately offensive to others constitutes rude behavior in many circumstances. In such circumstances, at the discretion of library staff, patrons will be asked to cease such behavior. If they do not, they may be ejected from the library, and risk the loss of future library privileges.
- Douglas County Libraries also supervises public space by placing of Internet workstations, wherever possible, in direct line of sight of our staff. Further, Douglas County Libraries will investigate all complaints lodged by other patrons.
- Douglas County Libraries will limit access on Internet workstations by supervising their use through observation, and employing an “internet protection measure.” Technology, and various technological tools are changing rapidly. Library staff shall seek to remain current concerning various options, and may experiment with them from time to time to better understand them. It is understood that no technology has proved to be 100% effective in allowing only “good” content and blocking only “bad.”
- As specified by state and federal laws (HB 04-1004 Internet Protection in Public Libraries, C.R.S. 24-90-601-606 and Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Pub. L. No. 106-554) Douglas County Libraries will filter all Internet capable computers.
- To address issues of safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of electronic communication, parents and legal guardians should urge minors to follow basic safety guidelines: never give out personal information (name, address, phone number, etc.), never arrange via a computer to meet someone and never respond to messages that are threatening or suggestive, remembering that people online may not be who they say they are.