The Stratford Public Library Board has acknowledged that it has an obligation to help protect children from access to certain Internet sites. Professional Librarians have therefore provided a guided path to appropriate information sites. However, the Stratford Public Library does not act in place or in absence of a parent nor is it responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor's use of the Internet.
The following is the Library Board's Policy for Children's Internet Use at the Library.
Here are some things you need to know:
- Just because you found it on the Internet doesn't mean that it is true. Anyone can put information one the Internet. Sometimes it is true, but sometimes it is wrong. Try following the Library's links so you can be sure.
- The Library chooses Internet sites because they are good sites for kids. But we can't check every site, so use the ones we recommend.
- It is your parent's job to decide which Internet sites are ok for you and it is for them to say if you can use the Internet on your own. Did you ask them yet?
- Don't give out your name or address or telephone number online. Ask your mom or dad if it is okay to share any information with strangers.
- Talk to your mom or dad if you want to meet someone in person that you have met online. Remember that this is just like meeting a stranger.
- If you see anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your mom or dad.
- Other people can see and read what you do on the Internet.
- The Library has rules so that everyone can use the Internet; we ask that you follow them. Library staff have the right to stop you from doing something that isn't allowed.