Internet

INTERNET POLICY
Pender County Public Library

INTERNET POLICY DISCLAIMER: The library cannot guarantee that information found through the Internet is accurate, authoritative or factual.

Users, not the library, are responsible for the sites they access. Parents/guardians of minor children are responsible for children’s use of the Internet. As with other library material, any restriction of children’s access is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
This policy is designed to give parents the tools to exercise these responsibilities.

INTERNET ACCESS PRIVILEGES: All patrons must log in at the reservation station. A library card is required. Guests (non-library card holders) and anyone under the age of 18 (with library card) must go to the Information desk before access it allowed.

For children under 12, it is the supervising parent, or responsible adult, who signs in to use the computer. One child may share the computer under their supervision. When the parent leaves the computer the session is over for both.

For youth ages 12-17, a parent/legal guardian must come to the library to register the youth to use the Internet by signing a “parental permission agreement.” Youth, 12-17, must present their library card each time they log in.

TIME LIMITS:
• Your time on the computer is managed by our system software. You may have 60 minutes a day of computer use.

If the time management system has not assigned your computer to someone who is waiting for a turn, you may receive a time extension of up to 30 minutes in increments of 10 minutes. Before each 10 minute extension, a message appears on screen asking if you want to accept it. Important:  You must reply as prompted or the system will terminate your session. Your work will be lost if not saved.  Any work saved to the computer is deleted by our security software.

If you are working on a job application, resume, or other project please notify the staff at the desk when you arrive to login. If you need more than 90 minutes to complete your project, we will determine if we can give you additional time to finish if others are not waiting for a turn to use the computer.

If you are working on a project that does not require Internet access, please ask to use a designated computer which has no time limits.


RESTRICTIONS:
• Do not send, receive or display inappropriate text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene. The Pender County Public Library reserves the right to terminate any patron’s Internet access, either temporarily or permanently, if screen displays are unreasonably disturbing or offensive to patrons or staff.

• No more than two people per computer, preferably parent with underage child.

• The use of “chat rooms” is prohibited. One warning, then you will be off the computer.

• For email, staff members do not set up accounts for patrons.

• All outstanding fine/fee balances need to be paid before using use the computers. Patron gets one verbal warning of overdue fines before suspension.

• Privileges may be suspended immediately if a patron tries to alter software or hardware. One warning before suspension if patron repeatedly has so many programs opened simultaneously that the computer is overloaded thus “freezing” or “locking up.” To avoid this, simply close programs you are not working with, and close extra browser windows.