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Internet Policies: Managing in the Real World

The American Library Association has developed a number of policy statements on Internet access:

bulletAccess to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks  An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
bulletCourt Decisions Against Internet Filtering
bulletQuestions and Answers
bulletALA Council Resolution on the Use of Internet Filtering Software in Libraries (1997)
bulletALA Council Resolution on Opposition to Federal Mandated Internet Filtering (2001)
bulletALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Statement on Internet Filtering

Reviews of Filtering Products

bulletFiltering Programs  Internet Product Watch 
bullet Firewalls  Internet Product Watch
bulletOnline Filtering products.  CNet

TIAFP project  S study of various filtering programs by a group of librarians in 1997.

Filtering Programs

bulletBess: The Information Retriever  
bulletClean Surf
bulletCyber Sentinel
bulletCyberPatrol
bulletCybersitter Tour
bulletGuardOne
bulletI-Gear
bulletIF-NOT
bulletInternet Explorer Content Advisor
bulletNet Nanny
bulletNetscape Communicator Netwatch
bulletSurf Monkey
bulletSurf Control
bulletWeb-Blocker
bulletX-Stop   Used by Wiscnet
bulletZeek Safe Web Filtering

Filtered search engines

bulletLycos Search Guard
bulletKidsClick
bulletAlta Vista Family Filtering
bulletYahooligans
bulletAsk Jeeves for Kids
bulletGo Guardian
bulletFamily Internet - Home Page
bulletSIRS Web Guide
bulletBritannica Internet Guide

Children's Browsers

bulletKiddoNet
bulletArlington Custom Browser

Filtered ISPs

Mayberry USA

Family.net

Safe-t-net

WiscNet  A common provider for schools in Wisconsin, offers a filter through their server with customization for each district.

Rating Systems

Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) was a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) group who defined a standard for the creation of rating systems and rating information in 1996.

Recreation Software Advisory Council (RSAC)  provides a simple online mechanism for getting content rated through their system Using the PICS standards.  

Safe Surf    another voluntary rating system.  

Controlled Menu / Pointers

Library media specialists can develop library websites that link to resources appropriate for the curriculum.  This extends selection duties from books and nonprint to electronic resources. Here are some links of recommended sites:

bullet ALA's Great Sites
bullet KidsClick 
bullet Busy Teachers' Web Site K-12,
bulletSIRS Web Guide
bulletBritannica Internet Guide .   
bulletElectric Library  Combine access to periodical articles with appropriate web sites.

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Acceptable Use Policies from Various School Districts

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