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For current Newmarket Public Library policies, please see the our Policies page.
All Newmarket Public Library members, including children will have access to Internet workstations with no content limitations. The Library provides access to the Internet within the context of its mission to provide all members of the community with equitable access to local and global information resources, and to cultivate individual life-long enrichment. This access is also provided in keeping with the Canadian Library Association’s statements on intellectual freedom and Internet access and the Ontario Library Association’s Children’s Rights in the Public Library. As with all library materials and services, it is the sole responsibility of parents or legal guardians to monitor and supervise their children’s operation of the Newmarket Public Library’s Internet access.
While the Library is committed to protecting the rights of children using and accessing the Internet we are also committed to our tradition of providing age-appropriate materials for children in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. The Library will provide assistance to children whenever possible. Introductory training sessions on the Internet will be offered to children and youth for a reasonable fee. The Library will develop web pages and brochures/pathfinders to assist children and youth in using the Internet. The Library will also choose age-appropriate links to other information on the Internet but cannot assume responsibility for the content of these links.
At the time of applying for or renewing a library card for your child you will be asked to grant permission for your child to use the Internet in the Library. Internet use and access will further be governed by the Library’s Unattended Children Policy and Code of Conduct.
At the Newmarket Public Library we try to give you information in many different ways. The Internet can be a good and fun way to get information from close to home or from around the world. The Internet is also a powerful tool that comes with a large responsibility to it. How you use the Internet is up to you and your parents or guardians.
The Internet is not controlled by anyone. This means that anyone in the world can put information on the Internet. There is a lot of great and fun stuff on the Internet, but it also contains information that may not be true or make you feel uncomfortable. You also need to be careful when you use the Internet, because it may be possible for other people to get information about you and what you are doing on the Internet.
The Library wants to do everything possible to make you feel safe, comfortable and welcome when you visit us. One way to do this is to provide Internet workstations in open areas in the Children’s area. We will provide assistance whenever possible, kid-friendly links to great sites on the Internet, basic workshops on how to use the Internet and other helpful information to guide your use of the Internet.
You need to know how to protect yourself when you are on the Internet. If you see something you don’t like, click the back arrow on the screen to get away from the picture or words quickly. If the back button doesn’t work you can click on the X in the upper right corner. If you still are having trouble, ask someone who works at the Library to help you get away from the site that bothers you. If you see something on the Internet that bothers you, your parents or guardians are the best people to talk to.
The Library has rules to make sure people can get on the Internet when at the library. We also have a Code of Conduct that guides you in what you can and cannot do in the Library. When using the Internet in the Library please be respectful of other people and property belonging to the Library.
Copying information from the Internet and showing it to other people can sometimes be against the law.
These are called copyright laws and it is up to you to make sure you do not break these laws.
If you have questions about what you can or cannot copy, or about how to use the Internet, ask someone who works at the Library. If you are not sure about what you should or should not do on the Internet, ask your parents or guardians.