Article Title

Library board rejects request to limit Internet access to minors

Newspaper

Estacada News

Date

9-1-2010

Challenged Material

Lack of internet usage policy in public library

Location

Estacada, Oregon

Participants

Estacada Public Library; Lynne Kamerman

Outcome

The Estacada Public Library has declined to create a policy that would allow parents to monitor or restrict their minor children's internet usage.

Photo Description

Two boys looking at a laptop

Photo Caption

Eagle Creek resident Lynne Kamerman, a parent of two teenage boys, asked the Estacada Board of Trustees to consider allowing parents the ability to restrict Internet access for their minor children. The library board rejected Kamerman's request last week, citing the American Library Association and the Estacada Public Library's existing policy to provide free, open access to information.

Abstract

After Eagle Creek parent Lynne Kamerman's initial request that there be a policy instated at the Estacada Public Library that would allow her to monitor her sons' internet usage, the board has declined to create such a policy, citing it as a restriction of patron access to information. Some are bothered by the board's treatment of the request, which might be in violation of the Oregon Public Meetings Law.

Keywords

internet use policy, public library, Estacada Public Library, parental discretion, internet access policy, censorship, review process

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