A FILTERING SOLUTION FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
To ensure adults' access to constitutionally-protected speech, while at the same time protecting minors from "harmful" materials on the Internet, public libraries could take a three-pronged approach that would pass constitutional muster and leave the role of child rearing to the family:
- Public libraries could install privacy screens so that information accessed by patrons on the computer would not inadvertently offend other patrons or librarians.
- Public libraries could provide both filtered and unfiltered Internet access, either through separate computers or filtering software that could be turned on and off.
- Library cards could contain a "yes" or "no" bar code that would tell librarians that parents either have approved their child's use of unfiltered computers or that they have not.
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To Filter or Not to Filter: The Role of Public Librarians in Determining Internet Access
Copyright (C) 1999 by Barbara H. Smith, University of Florida
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