Did you know that local libraries provide access to computers and laptops and a safe place for parents to introduce children to the internet? Internet use is monitored by the libraries and protects users from cyber threats.
“We do have some computers which are not connected to the internet. Parents are free to go ahead and let their kids use those. We do, on the other hand, also have internet connected computers. Those, we do suggest parents monitor their children’s use on. Be able to sit there and watch with them, to explore with them, and be able to show them the right way and the wrong way to do things online,” said Aaron Sakovich, a library IT services manager.
Facebook, Google, and other common sites are accessible on the internet connected computers. But the library actively uses website blockers mandated by the federal government. “In order to be able to receive federal money, we have to be able to show the blocking of unwanted content from the children, that includes pornography of course. It includes malware. It includes hacking, negative kind of hacking things that go on,” added Sakovich.
Bringing personal smart devices to the library is a safe way to let kids explore the internet. If you connect to their wi-fi, the same content blockers apply. “The same restrictions that exist for our connected computers, the computers that patrons can use with their library card, also exist for the wifi connections,” Sakovich said.
The library constantly updates its internet rules and restrictions to keep kids as safe as possible.