Children and the Internet: Policies that Work

children and the internet: policies that work  

Edited by Linda Braun, LEO: Librarians & Educators Online

Children and the Internet: Policies that Work is successor to Children and the Internet: Guidelines for Developing Public Library Policy , published in 1998 by the American Library Trustee Association (ALTA), the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), and the Public Library Association (PLA). The original publication provided guidance and food for thought to librarians charged with drafting policy for children’s access to the Internet. With growing community concern over children’s safety on the Internet, continual debate about the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Internet filtering software, and the constant advancement of technology, the time had come to update the publication with new information and resources. ALSC and PLA are pleased to present Children and the Internet: Policies that Work, edited by Linda Braun of LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. This new publication was created in electronic format to allow for the timely and efficient revision of information on this ever-evolving topic.

Introduction - by Linda Braun


Creating an Internet Policy by Civic Engagement: Bringing the Community into the Process Promotes Understanding by John Alita. ( American Libraries: Dec. 2001)

Internet Safety Policy Guidelines by Cathy Harris Helms. ( Georgia Library Quarterly: Summer 2003)

Satisficing, Public Libraries, and Internet Filtering: A Case Study of Public Policy Development by James Jatkevicius, ( Library Administration & Management: Summer 2003)

Molding Effective Internet Policies by Cynthia K. Richey. ( Computers in Libraries: June 2002)

Don't Doesn't Work by Michael Saurs. (WebJunction: August 2004)

Sample Internet Policies
A list of links to public library Internet policies that demonstrate various different styles and approaches to writing Internet access policy.

Helpful ALA Links
A list of links to pages on the ALA Web site that offer information on policy development, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and issues related to intellectual freedom and the Internet.

Words of Wisdom
Quotes from library practitioners regarding Internet policy.

Linda Braun is an educational technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. She works with schools, libraries, and other educational institutions to help them figure out the best ways to integrate and use technology. Linda has written for School Library Journal, Library Journal, Public Libraries, and VOYA. She teaches for Lesley University in its Graduate Technology in Education program and at Simmons College in its Graduate School of Library and Information Science.