Keeping children and teens safe online is a very important goal of the Wayland Public Library’s Youth Services Department.
To achieve this goal, we offer information on how children and their families can use the Internet safely, efficiently, and effectively.
Our specially-constructed Children’s website, which acts as our homepage in the Children’s Department, directs users to Internet resources selected by our staff. We encourage parents to talk to their children about safe Internet use. To that end, on our website we have placed links to Internet Safety websites. We also invite library users to read our official Internet policy and to speak to the Head of Youth Services Librarian or the Library Director if they have any concerns, questions, or suggestions.
Currently, the public access computers in the Children’s department do not use filtering software. At this time we do not feel that such software is effective and appropriate in our department. Library staff members are committed to researching and evaluating information on this topic to insure that the Department provides the best service for this community. We will continue to assess evolving technology and citizen expectations, as well as potential modifications to the physical structure of the library, so that we may determine how best to safeguard children in the library.
Parents are always encouraged to come to the library and use the Internet with their children.
Internet Safety Websites
GetNetWise is for Internet users of all ages and provides information on child safety, spam and other unwanted email, protecting your privacy online, and protecting your computer from viruses and hackers. Child Safety includes an online safety guide, tools for parents, websites for kids, and how to report trouble. Much of the guide is divided into age-appropriate sections.
Provides a family contract, online safety quiz, guidelines for parents, free newsletter and Child Safety and the Information Highway document published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Several links are on the site including safeteens.com, tools for families, and child safe search engines.
I-Safe is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to safely and responsibly take control of their Internet experiences. The site provides education, a safe-surf contract, links for parents and educators and more.