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Rippey Iowa Library Internet Safety (Children's Internet Protection Act) (CIPA) Policy Approved September 26, 2016

At the July 25, 2016 Library Board of Trustees meeting, Mary Millard, Rippey City Clerk, updated the Erate Funding and the need to update the Computer Usage Policy so it complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). (Internet Safety, Technology Protection (filters)). The board directed Katrina to create a Computer Usage Policy, working with the State Library Services, to be sure the policy complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. At the August 29, 2019 Board meeting the Internet CIPA policy was discussed. Katrina explained the options and costs. Jean made a motion and Nancy seconded that the board direct Katrina to write the policy as explained, then with the board’s approval, send a copy to Mary Millard so she can continue the e-rate application. The motion carried. Katrina will share with Mary Millard as soon as possible so the application for E-rate funds can continue. This information was included in the library report to the city council on September 6, 2016. The library board formally adopted this policy at their regular meeting on September 26, 2016.

Internet Safety Policy

Introduction


It is the policy of Rippey Public Library to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Rippey Public Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

Education, Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Rippey Public Library staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Library Director or designated representatives.