Internet Use Guidelines

Children's Use of the Internet

Children using computer

The Carson City Library will provide filtering software on computers in the children and young adult areas in an attempt to limit access to age-appropriate Internet sites by minor children to the extent that is feasible given technical requirements and support.

However, the Carson City Library cannot guarantee that filtering technology will successfully block all inappropriate sites. Such controls cannot be absolutely fool proof. Parents and guardians must ultimately accept responsibility for determining appropriate use of the Internet by their minor children. Any restriction of the minor child’s access to the Internet remains the sole responsibility of the parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Guidelines for the Use of the Internet on Children and Young Adult Computers

In order to provide flexible Internet access to young people the Carson City Library restricts access to children’s and young adult computers to minor children (under 18) and their accompanying parents or guardians.

Minor children (17 and under) may use filtered workstations without parental permission.

Parents are encouraged to guide their minor child's use of the Internet and to read
Child Safety on the Information Highway: http://www.safekids.com/, produced jointly by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association.

Another website with information for parents and their children's use of the Internet, How to Protect Your Child on the World Wide Web, has up to date information, FAQ's and tips for Internet use.

Resources available on youth computers include the Internet, Microsoft Office, and pre-loaded games. Use of youth computers is on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations will be taken. No fee for use will be charged. Printers are available for use by youth library patrons.
Youth patrons are limited to two-one hour sessions (120 minutes total) of computer use per day.

Library Internet Rules

The following rules are for everyone's safety and to show respect for everyone in the Library. If you do not follow these rules, you could lose your Internet privileges. If you have any questions, or if there is something you don't understand, please ask a Library staff person to explain.
To keep you safe while using the Internet:

  • Never give out any personal information about yourself, your friends, or your family. Personal information includes things like your full name, your address, phone number, school name, town, little league team name, or information about your parents. When you are using the Internet from the Library, personal information is also the name, address, or phone number of the Library. 
  • Do not respond to any messages that are mean or make you feel uncomfortable. It is not your fault if you get a message like that. If you do, tell your parent/guardian right away.
  • Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" online without first checking with a parent. If your parent agrees to the meeting, be sure that the meeting is in a public place and always bring your parent with you.
  • Never send a person your picture or anything else without first checking with a parent.

Tell a Library staff person right away if you see any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.