ALA Web page links

children and the internet: policies that work

The American Library Association Web site has a wealth of resources for learning about issues related to children and Internet access in public libraries. Listed below are some ALA resources that will help you get started in learning about policy development, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and issues related to intellectual freedom and the Internet.

Checklist for Creating an Internet Use Policy
Part of the Libraries and the Internet Toolkit, this list of bullet points can help you to organize your policy and guarantee that you’ve included all necessary pieces.

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Read about the CIPA's legal history, frequently asked questions, background resources, archival materials, and CIPA briefs.

Especially for Children and Their Parents
A list of resources that provide parents and children with information they need in order to stay safe when using the Internet.

Guidelines and Considerations for Developing an Internet Use Policy
What the courts have said about Internet access and how that relates to libraries and the policies they develop.

Libraries and the Internet Toolkit
An extensive resource that includes a list of key messages libraries can promote on the topic of children and the Internet.

For more information visit these ALA Office Websites:

Office of Intellectual Freedom,

Office of Information Technology Policy,

Washington Office, 


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