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Chocorua Public Library Internet Safety Policy

/Chocorua Public Library Internet Safety Policy
Chocorua Public Library Internet Safety Policy 2021-09-29T20:28:44+00:00

Chocorua Public Library Internet Safety Policy

Introduction

It is the policy of the Chocorua Public Library to:  [a] prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via the 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 of minors;  [d] comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [pub. L. no. 106-554 and 47 USC 254 {h}.

Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, minors’ online access to inappropriate materials, and materials harmful to minors, is restricted.

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Chocorua Public Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging and other forms of direct electronic communications.  Specifically, as required by CIPA, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: [a] unauthorized access including ‘hacking’ and other unlawful activities; and [b] unauthorized disclosure, use and personal identification information regarding minors.

Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all staff at the Chocorua Public Library to supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the internet in accordance with this policy and CIPA.

Adoption

This internet safety policy was adopted by the Chocorua Public Library Board of trustees at a public meeting held on _September 27th 2021_________________:  following a normal public notice on ____September 20th 2021_____________________.

Harmful to Minors.  The term means any picture, image, gif, or other visual depiction that:

1.       Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex or excretion.

2.       Depicts, describes, or represents, in a potentially offensive way with respect to what is suitable to minors, and actual or simulated sexual act or sexual conduct, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or lewd exhibition of the genitals, and

3.       Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value to a minor.

Sexual Act: Sexual Contact.  These terms have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.