Santa Clarita Public Library
Internet Use and SAFETY Policy
The Santa Clarita Public Library endeavors to provide collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of the diverse communities it serves. Within this context, the Library offers access to the Internet for staff and members of the public.
The Internet is a global resource. Resources available on the Internet supplement and complement the collection and resources available at Library facilities. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature; however the library does not monitor Internet usage. Users should note that not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete, or current information.
All Library computers with Internet access and the Library’s wireless network use a technology protection measure that protects all users including minors against access to visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography or other material considered inappropriate for or harmful to minors.
Consistent with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order 03-188, libraries complying with CIPA are required to implement a procedure for unblocking the filter upon request of patrons who are 18 year of age and older. Such procedures shall be the responsibility of the City Librarian or designated representatives. Patrons who are 18 years of age and over may, at their request, have the technology protection measure disabled during their use to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Free wireless Internet access will be provided by the Santa Clarita Public Library to all patrons to access on their personal electronic devices and will not require the maintenance of a library account to access such service. All wireless Internet access provided by the Santa Clarita Public Library will be filtered to prevent access to materials deemed by law to be harmful to minors without exception. All Library policies concerning legal, acceptable, and safe use of computers and the Internet apply to use of the public wireless access.
As is the case with any electronic media system provided by the City, Library users should not have an expectation of privacy when using any form of electronic media.
Internet Access by Minors: Regulations and Restrictions
The Santa Clarita Public Library provides computer access to minors, including access to the Internet. To the extent possible, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of minor users of the online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging and other forms of direct communication.
Specifically as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities as well as unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.
Supervising Computer Use by Children:
Access for all patrons under age 18 will be filtered. Filtering software may not block all material users find offensive. Librarians cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for monitoring any and all Internet use by minors and consent given on the part of parents or legal guardians for a Library card constitutes acknowledgment by the parents or guardians that they have a responsibility for monitoring their child’s use of all Library resources, including the public computers.
The following are recommended guidelines for parents and guardians to ensure that children have positive online experiences, whether at home or at the Library.
- Explore the wide range of available information and tell your children about sites you consider inappropriate for them.
- Provide guidelines for your children on the amount of time they spend online, just as for television viewing.
- Teach children to never give out personal identification information (name, address, password, telephone number, social security number, credit card number) about themselves or others without first asking a parent for permission.
- Teach children to be good online consumers. As with print information, consider the source, date, and accuracy of online information.
- Teach minors to exercise discretion and caution when communicating using the Internet, electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications in order to remain safe and secure (e.g. avoidance of predators, cyber-bullying, and scams).
- Parents are urged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway or the Parents’ Guide to the Information Super Highway. Copies of these publications are available through the Library.
Internet Acceptable Use Rules for All Users
Users read and agree when logging into a computer to abide by this Internet Use and Safety Policy, including guidelines for use of the Internet by minors.
Patrons are expected to adhere to all rules governing the use of the Internet in libraries, including the duration and frequency of sessions. Patrons who violate library policy regarding the use of the Internet or who behave in a disruptive manner will be asked to either modify their use appropriately or discontinue such usage or have their Internet usage access terminated. In addition patrons must maintain a library account in good standing and comply with all computer usage rules including printing limits.
All Internet use is subject to the Santa Clarita Public Library Code of Conduct Policy. Patrons who observe violations of the Santa Clarita Public Library Code of Conduct Policy should contact Library staff immediately.
Users shall not disclose, use or disseminate personal identification information regarding minors without proper authorization.
Users shall utilize the Library network for lawful activities only. They shall not use the network to cause harm to others or damage the property of others. They shall not intentionally upload, download or create computer viruses or other forms of malicious programming, attempt to harm or destroy equipment, manipulate the data of any other user, or seek unauthorized access to networks and systems, including so-called “hacking.”
Staff members are to use the Internet for library related purposes only. Unacceptable use of the Internet is prohibited and is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from Santa Clarita Public Library.
Policy adopted by the Santa Clarita Board of Library Trustees at a public meeting on May 8, 2012; revised May 8, 2012.