Libraries and the Internet Toolkit
Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet
The Internet is a rich and educational resource for information, ideas and entertainment. No other medium provides us with so much information so easily. At the same time, the Internet has raised concerns about privacy and children's access to information. As the number one point of entry to the Internet outside of work, school or home, libraries, especially public libraries, address these concerns every day.
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.
Table of Contents
What Makes a Great Web Site for Children?
Tips for Parents
ALA and Filtering
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Tough Questions on CIPA
Debate Over Filters
Handling Tough Questions
Sample Answers to Tough Questions
Online Resources for Parents and Children
Libraries, the Internet and Filtering
Libraries, Children & the Internet
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This document was last updated December 1, 2003