Internet Safety

Internet Use Policy

Use of the Vinita Public Library’s Internet access, including wireless access on personal computers, to engage in any activity that constitutes a violation of local, state, or federal laws is strictly prohibited.

Unauthorized access, including “hacking”, and disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification regarding minors is prohibited.

Accessing and viewing materials in a manner that creates the existence of a sexually hostile working environment is prohibited. You may not send, receive, or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed by the Library staff as offensive to the public, inasmuch as the public computers are located in unrestricted areas of the Library.

Usage that reconfigures library computers, modifies installed software, or results in damage to library computers and equipment is not allowed.

The Library uses technology protection measures (filtering software). It is used to assist in preventing access to sites which violate Oklahoma State Statutes Title 21-1021-21-1024.4 and Title 21-1040.75-21-1040.77, otherwise known as “harmful to minors law.” As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h), blocking is applied to visual depictions of materials deemed obscene or child pornography or to any material deemed harmful to minors (as those terms are defined in the U.S. Code). Adults may complete a Request to Disable Internet Filter under Provisions Of The Children’s Internet Protection Act “for bona fide research or other lawful purposes” and staff will temporarily disable the content filter active on their computers during the rest of their session. Provisions of item 3 above remain in force while the filter is disabled.

The Library cannot protect you from information you may find offensive with the exception of the above stated visual depictions.

To the extent possible, steps shall be taken to promote safety and security of users when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communication.

The Library cannot protect the security of any personal information you provide on the Internet and strongly discourages the release of personal information. You may not abuse or violate any applicable state or federal laws, copyrights, or licenses.

Parents and/or guardians assume full responsibility for their minor child’s use of the Internet.

Approved by the Vinita Public Library Board of Directors on Jan. 18, 2022.