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Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy

Forsyth County Public Library supports patrons' informational, educational, and recreational interests by providing materials in a wide range of formats including free basic access to information via the Internet. The library provides the opportunity to use the Internet from the library's public access computers.

Because not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information, patrons are advised to use information from the Internet at their own risk. The library does not warrant or guarantee the reliability or truthfulness of information obtained from the Internet. The library shall have no liability for direct, indirect, or consequential damages related to use of information accessed or transmitted via the Internet.

In accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), all library computers are equipped with software that is designed to block access to sites that contain visual depictions and/or information which may reasonably be construed as being obscene, child pornography, or materials "harmful to minors" as currently defined by law. Despite these provisions, patrons may still encounter sites they find personally offensive. For this reason, patrons must assume responsibility for their own use of the Internet. Parents who are concerned about the contents of the Internet are strongly advised to closely supervise their children's use of this service and assist them in selecting sites that are consistent with personal and family values and appropriate for the age and understanding of their children.

In accordance with CIPA, the library will provide access to the unfiltered Internet without significant delay for bona fide research or other lawful purposes at the request of patrons who are 18 years of age or older.

Acceptable Use
  • Users may not access or view illegal material for any purpose at any time. Suspected illegal activity will be reported to law enforcement. The following material is illegal, as defined by federal and/or state law:
    • Obscene material, defined by state law in OCGA 16-12-80.
    • Child pornography, defined by federal law in 18 USC Section 2256 and by state law in OCGA 16-12-100.
  • In addition, CIPA requires that material deemed harmful to minors not be allowed. The term "harmful to minors" is defined by CIPA as any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:
    • taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
    • depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
    • taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
  • In addition to material that is unacceptable according to CIPA or other federal or state laws, and in order to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all ages, Forsyth County Public Library does not allow the display of any pornographic image.
  • Installation or modification of software is prohibited. Users shall not make any attempt to gain access to restricted computer files or networks or to damage or modify computer equipment or software.
  • Users shall respect all copyright laws and licensing agreements.
  • Users shall respect the privacy of other users and shall refrain from attempting to view or read material being used by others.
  • Users are financially responsible for any charges that they may incur from their use of the Internet.
  • Prompt payment of printing and other authorized fees incurred while using library computers is required.
  • Staff may establish the length and the number of Internet access sessions available per day, per user.
  • If any Acceptable Use rules are violated, library staff will take one or more of the following steps, as appropriate to the situation:
    • Terminate the user's Internet session.
    • Restrict library computer and/or library privileges for a specific amount of time, to be determined by the severity of the infraction and any history of previous infractions. Temporary or permanent denial of Internet privileges at any library facility will be effective at all library facilities.
    • Call law enforcement.
Internet Safety
  • Minors should never disclose any personal identification information over the Internet.
  • Parents and/or guardians are responsible for monitoring the use of email and other forms of direct electronic communications by their minor children.
  • Wireless/wired computer signals can be intercepted. Use of the Internet in the public library, either through wireless/wired access or through library computers, is neither private nor secure. Users should be aware that personal information transmitted via the Internet is not secure and could be viewed by other users.
  • The Library is not responsible for any personal information that is compromised, or for any damage caused to personal hardware or software due to electrical surges, security issues, or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.
Wireless/Wired Internet Use

Forsyth County Public Library provides free filtered wireless/wired Internet access for library visitors to use with their own personal devices.

The following additional guidelines apply to users of the wireless/wired service in the library.

  • All wireless/wired access users are individually responsible for maintaining up-to-date virus protection on personal laptop computers or wireless/wired devices.
  • Personal wireless/wired network use is "as is" and "as available." Random loss of signal is not preventable. The Library is not responsible for loss of personal data or damage to personal equipment due to loss of wireless/wired signal.
  • The library is not responsible for theft of or damage to personal equipment brought into the library.
  • Users are responsible for configuring their own equipment. The library does not provide technical support for establishing or maintaining a connection nor equipment configurations. The library is not responsible for any changes made to an individual computer's settings and does not guarantee that a user's hardware will work with the library's wireless/wired connection.

Approved on 7/25/2012 Back to ListBack to List
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