Librarians And Their Subtle Protection Of Children From The Internet

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November 2015
Librarians and their Subtle Protection of Children from the Internet

Freedom of speech and access to information within our public libraries is protected by the bill of rights of many national and international human rights organizations. These freedoms are specifically protected within our First Amendment rights in the United States Constitution and by the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights. It is written by both that all citizens should have the freedom to write, publish, and read what they wish, without fear of a government or other person persecuting or restricting them. However, the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 made it American law that public libraries must use Internet filtration software to censor access to information deemed inappropriate for children. These regulations are meant to protect the innocent American youth from content considered profane, sexual, or violent; however, what has proven more dangerous than what children discover on the internet at their library is the misapplication of the law by the libraries themselves. Due to differing cultural contexts, political and economic climates, and contents of constitutionally protected information, different communities throughout the United States have different levels of freedom to information. While the government of the United States has the final say on what information can be accessed in federally funded public libraries in America, several libraries throughout the

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