Definitions as defined in Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA):
Minor- Any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years
Technology protection measure-A specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are: obscene, as that term is defined in Section 1460, Title 18, United States Code;
Child Pornography, as that term is defined in Section 2256, Title 18, United States Code; or
Harmful to minors - Any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that: taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex or excretion; depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an act or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sex acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
Sexual Act, Sexual Contact - As defined in Section 2246, Title 18, United States Code.
1. Mid-Columbia Libraries shall:
- Prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications;
- Prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity;
- Prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors; and
- Comply with CIPA.
2. Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors on all public and employee computers in all outlets of the library.
Authorized employees may, at the request of an adult customer (defined here as 17 years or older), disable technology protection measures on a specific computer station for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
3. Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the library’s online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications. Specifically, as required by CIPA, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes:
- Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities; and
- Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
It shall be the responsibility of all library employees to supervise usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and CIPA. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Executive Director or designated representatives.