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LSTA Grant 2011
Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Westfield Washington Public Library was able to purchase two new internet computer stations for our Children's Department. They are loaded with educational games and a child-friendly, safe internet browser. This internet browser software is available to our patrons to install on their home computers. We will also be conducting a program to teach children how to make safe decisions online.
The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) was signed into law September 30, 1996 as part of the Museum and Library Services Act. As a result, federal LSTA funds are distributed from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to states for the purposes of increasing the use of technology in libraries, fostering better resource sharing among libraries, and targeting library services to special populations. The portion of the grant we recieved is administered by the Indiana State Library (ISL).
WWPL will be using the LSTA grant funds to help meet the following need from Indiana's Five-Year Plan: "The academic success of Indiana's students and knowledge of its citizens in general can be strengthened by supporting electronic information resources, including statewide access to electronic databases, and resource sharing." The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
An Introduction to Online Safety for Children
There are many benefits to using the internet. When kids use the Internet the educational advantages are endless. The Internet is used by schools, universities, libraries, businesses and more. The Internet is a virtual encyclopedia.
You don't have to be a computer geek to use the Internet. It is incredibly easy. Use it for homework, communicating with friends, computer games, on-line games, shopping and even business. Many schools now use the computer as a way to communicate to families. Parents can access their child's grades, class assignments and attendance. Upcoming events, announcements and individual school calendars are also posted on their school webpage as well as their school profile.
Any child who is old enough to punch in a few letters on the keyboard can literally access the world. With all the wonderful advantages the computer and Internet offers, it is important for parents to know Internet safety. The Internet gives great benefits to everyone...most of all children. And with all of its advantages, it has disadvantages which can create dangers for children.
It is critical that every parent and every childcare giver know everything there is to know about the Internet and the possible hazards it creates for children. Learn how to deal with them...learn the Internet rules. There are lots of "rules" on how kids (and parents) can use the Internet but the most important rule is that parents and kids agree to a set of criteria.
According to a new survey commissioned by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Cox Communications, only about half of the parents surveyed were monitoring their kids' online activity daily or weekly. The other half of the parents said that they don't have or don't know if they have software on their computer(s) capable of monitoring where their teens go online or with whom they interact. Additional findings include:
• 42% of parents don't review the content that their teen(s) are reading and/or writing in chat rooms or instant messages;
By taking responsibility for your children's online computer use, parents can greatly minimize any potential risks of being online. Make it a family rule to:
Spam is unsolicited email. It can be annoying and sometimes offensive. Parents should discuss with their kids who they are sending and receiving emails from. One of the best ways to deal with spam is to not open it and delete it.
Check out merchants privacy policies when purchasing something over the web. When in chat rooms, your child should not allow their personal profile to be published and should not give out their email address ... nor should they ever allow email addresses to be posted on any web site. They should remain as anonymous as possible.
If you have younger children, set up a list of people they can send and receive emails from and block the rest. Ask your Internet Service Provider how to do this. Firewall and anti-spam software programs are other ways to keep out unwanted emails and spam. You can also set up a spam email address in addition to your regular email address. Give those close to you your private email address and all others the spam email address.
Child Protection Safety Measures
Kids are very computer savvy and can pretty much figure out protective software, security measures, password changes, etc. If you have computer passwords and PIN numbers, measures should be taken to protect those at all costs.
Sometimes protective software can be disabled. Be sure that it isn't switched off. Check that security systems and additional internet accounts have not been added to your computer and that previously installed software hasn't been blocked or diverted.
Signs that indicate your children are being abused online:
Note: Kids may hesitate to give out their home numbers but will almost always give out their cell phone numbers. Pedophiles will call and send text messages directly to children.
Internet Safety Laws
A federal law has been created to help protect your kids while they are using the Internet. It is designed to keep anyone from obtaining your kids' personal information without you knowing about it and agreeing to it first.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires websites to explain their privacy policies on the site and get parents' consent before collecting or using a child's personal information, such as a name, address, phone number, or social security number. The law also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than necessary to play a game or contest.
Further Reading & References
The grant includes a license to distribute the ELF Child-Safe Browser software which you can use on your home computer.
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