The 2003 Children’ Internet Protection Act requires public libraries to use filtering and blocking technology to keep federal funding. Libraries should be safe places for children. They should not be purveyors of pornography. The idea is horrifying to most parents to imagine someone with an addictive appetite viewing sexually explicit images in the computer cubicle next to their child.
David Miller is vice president of public policy for Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values. He says the American Library Association (ALA) has “a very liberal policy when it comes to patrons’ access to material, and its members are encouraged to push those same ideas and policies.” That evidently includes granting every request to view filtered or blocked sites, often with the knowledge that kids will see them, too.
Report adapted from News in Focus