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Franklin Township Public Library Internet Policy The Franklin Township Library offers public access to the internet and users must comply with this policy. Users under the age of eighteen (18) must have a parent/guardian read the policy as well as sign the Parental Permission Form for Use of the Franklin Township Library’s Internet for a Minor. This form will be kept on file. The mission of the Franklin Township Library is to provide print and nonprint (including the internet) sources for the informational, educational, and recreational needs of its patrons. Unfortunately, because not all the information available on the internet is accurate, current or complete, and since many ideas, points of view and images may be controversial, different, and inflammatory, the Franklin Township Library cannot be directly or indirectly responsible for any damages stemming from its connections to the internet. Although the library does not censor materials, there is a filtering system installed on the internet stations in accordance with the June 2003 Supreme Court ruling that allows libraries to filter out pornography on their computers. Adults eighteen (18) years and older, may ask staff to unblock the filter if they need to view certain blocked sites. Consistent with all other library materials, parents/guardians, not the library staff, are solely responsible for the internet information selected and accessed by their children. Parents are, therefore, strongly advised to monitor their children’s use of the internet. Patrons under the age of eighteen (18) must have their parents’ signature on the Parental Permission Form for Use of the Franklin Township Library’s Internet for a Minor. If child pornography is being accessed and staff becomes aware, the director must be contacted to handle the situation. Patrons must agree to use the internet in a responsible, courteous manner consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Because the public access computer is located in an area that is shared by library staff and library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities, individuals are asked to consider this when accessing potentially controversial information and images. The viewing of certain materials in a public area may be considered improper in time, place or manner. For these reasons, the library reserves the right to end an internet session if it is causing a disturbance, if patron behavior becomes inappropriate for a library setting or if more than two (2) patrons register a complaint. Problems with patrons will be noted and may result in the loss of that patron’s access to the library’s internet, after three (3) warnings. 3/11

Internet Use Policy