National Research Council Committee to Study Tools and Strategies for Protecting Children from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other Inappropriate Internet Content
The Library Perspective
Judith Krug, Director American Library Association, Office for Intellectual Freedom
The American Library Association is not against Internet filters, which are a wonderful device for parents to use at home.
Internet filters are not appropriate for public institutions, specifically Libraries because:
There are other, less restrictive and more effective methods for protecting children on the Internet.
Libraries provide training, support, and guidance for children, parents and all library users to become responsible Internet users.
We are living in a global information society. Students of all ages must be able to assess as well as access information.
Alternatives to blocking software:
Internet use politics;
Communities have been developing many different and effective ways to guide children's access to the Internet. Filters do not solve the problems of obscenity and child pornography on the Internet.
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