Libraries Should Use Software Filters for Internet Access

887 WordsJul 16, 20084 Pages
Libraries Should Use Software Filters for Internet Access Public libraries provide us with a large amount of information. Residents can borrow books from libraries. Libraries also provide Internet access for everyone, including children. Since parents cannot control what then children are seeing on the Internet in libraries, children can access pornographic or violent sites easily. So, public libraries should restrict Internet access by utilizing filtering software to prevent children from seeing those inappropriate sites. The American Libraries Association (ALA) insists that it is improper for public libraries to use filtering software since libraries have to provide broad materials for patrons. Their claim that filtering software…show more content…
Finally, the ALA says that filtering software is made for the parental control in homes. It is not suitable, they assert, for public libraries to use the software. Libraries should provide broad, uncensored for their patrons. So information in libraries may be limited by filtering control. The ALA also claims that public institutions are supported primarily by local public tax monies, so libraries are obligated to meet the information needs of the entire community or school population, while upholding the basic principles of the First Amendment (“American Library” 1). People tend to think that a lot of adult sited exist on the web pages because accessing rates of those sites are very high. So people also think that restriction limits a large amount of information and sites on the Internet. In fact, the adult sites account for a small percentage of all. Estimates of the prevalence of adult sites range from one to three percent of all the Internet web sites (Burt 2). The numbers of those sites look big, but it is just because there are many visitors to those pages. Since the adult sites account for a small percentage of all sites, the web sites that are restricted by filtering software must be a small portion as well. A library’s mission is to provide proper observation to patrons in communities, since it is free for everyone to get information
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