Jackson-George Regional Library System

Pascagoula, Mississippi

 

Internet Safety Policy

 

May 28, 2002

Re-Affirmed by Regional Board of Trustees on June 24, 2003

 

Introduction

 

It is the policy of Jackson-George Regional Library System to:

a.      Prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications;

b.      Prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity;

c.      Prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and

d.      Comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

 

Definitions

 

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act, and includes:

 

1.         Technology Protection Measure – the term “technology protection measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

 

a.       Obscene, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;

b.       Child Pornography, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or

c.       Harmful to minors.

 

2.         Harmful to Minors. The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

 

a.       Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;

b.       Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and

c.       Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

 

3.         Sexual Act; Sexual Contact. The terms “sexual act” or “sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.

 

 

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Access to Inappropriate Material

 

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications and access to inappropriate information.

 

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

 

Inappropriate Network Usage

 

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Jackson-George Regional Library System online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

 

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

 

Any person found tampering or circumventing the CIPA filtering technology would be subject to appropriate library action as referenced in the Jackson-George Regional Library System POISE Manual.

 

Supervision and Monitoring

 

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Jackson-George Regional Library System staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

 

Adoption

 

Notice was given that the Jackson-George Regional Library System would hold a public meeting on the Internet Safety Policy on May 28, 2002 during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees adopted this Internet Safety Policy following that public meeting on May 28, 2002. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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