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Children and Computers

The Olean Public Library affirms the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their children’s use of all Library resources, including the Internet.Children’s safety on the Internet is of concern to everyone. However, it is not the Library’s policy to decide to what ideas your child should be exposed.The Internet offers a wide variety of educational and entertainment sites, but it also contains materials which parents may find inappropriate for their children. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s use of the Internet, and explain their personal values and expectations for use of this resource.Parents need to understand that filters are not perfect. They cannot block every Web site that you might not want your child to see, and they may block helpful information. Even if filters were 100% effective, they are no substitute for parental guidance.

Library staff partners with parents guiding children in safe and appropriate use of the Internet. The Library has online and printed materials concerning child safety on the Internet.

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Olean Public Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, social networks, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Tips for Children:

  • Always ask permission of a parent before providing personal information anywhere on the Internet. Personal information includes full name, address, telephone number, school name, or any password or credit card information.
  • Never arrange to meet in person anyone they have met online without their parents’ permission.
  • Always tell a parent, trusted adult or Library staff member if a Web site or a message they receive makes them uncomfortable, or frightened, or they don’t understand it.
Early Literacy Station

The Olean Public Library also offers the AWE Early Literacy Station computer as an alternative to the Internet. The Early Literacy Station is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8 that requires no Internet connection, so it is safe and secure. It features more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas.