Internet Safety

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
These laws place restrictions on the use of funding that is available throught the Library Services and Technology Act, Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and on the Universal Service discount program known as the E-rate (Public Law 106-554). These restrictions take the form of requirements for Internet safety policies and technology which blocks or filters certain material from being accessed through the Internet. The deadline for complying with NCIPA was July 1, 2002 for those libraries receiving 2002 E-rate discounts for Internet access or internal connections. The deadline for compliance with CIPA was July 1, 2004, following the Supreme Court ruling in 2003.

Filters and Filtering
An overview of policies, court cases, ALA Statements, and general information about filtering of the internet for libraries.

Libraries and Internet Toolkit: Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet
The American Library Association (ALA) has produced this "toolkit" to assist librarians in managing the Internet and educating their public about how to use it effectively. ALA encourages all libraries to implement policies that protect both children and public access to information and to take an active role in educating their communities about this important resource.