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Your Children and the Internet

Want to learn how the library protects children from viewing unwanted content on its computers? Want to protect your kids from seeing unwanted content on computers in your home? Visit Using the Library's Computers to read the Library's policy.

Here are a few highlights of the policy:

Computer Use by Minors  

  • It is the policy of Hartford Public Library that the full responsibility for the use of materials and resources by a minor (use by children under the age of 18) rests with his or her parents or legal guardian.   Any restrictions of a child's access to the Internet are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  
  • Library computers are available for the use of authorized persons and activity only, and activity may be subject to monitoring, recording, and periodic audits. Library equipment may not be used to harass others or for any illegal activity.
  • Anyone using Library computer systems expressly consents to the above and to all Hartford Public Library policies and rules.
  • No minor will be denied access to the online catalog.
  • The Library reserves the right to deny access to a minor when the minor is found to be inappropriately using the Internet.

Especially for Parents: A Guide to the Internet

  • There are many wonderful and safe Web sites created especially fo children. Even preschoolers can safely use the Internet for learn-to-read games and to color in online "coloring books."  
  • Safe sites clearly identify publishers and/or source material. Most sites have included a special section with information about the creators and how to help children use the site.
  • You can help your children use the Internet safely and responsibly by asking a librarian for help in using the Internet, by having your children attend an Internet class at the library, and by exploring the Internet together. Talk to your children about your expectations regarding their use of the Internet, appropriate areas to visit, length of time online, etc.
  • The American Library Association created a list of sites parents, teachers, and caregivers may find useful. 
  • ALA's Association for Library Service to Children created the Notable Children's Digital Media listThe Notable Children’s Digital Media list includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways.