High school students are now required to have a parent/guardian provide a written letter to the library so they can use an unfiltered computer. Silly and a bad idea in our view.
From the Montana Standard:
The action followed a statement of concern written by City Administrator Tina Volek, who noted the Billings City Council was set to take up a discussion during Monday’s work session on whether children younger than 18 should have access to the four library computers that don’t have internet filters.
Volek proposed — and the library board approved — an opt-in policy in which parents must write a letter authorizing that their children age 13-17 may use one of the unfiltered computers. The current policy is opt-out, in which parents must write a letter if they don’t want their children to have that access.
Kathy Robins, the library’s systems administrator, said that over the past seven years, only four families have written letters ensuring that their children would not have access to the unfiltered computers.
“Filtering can be very subjective,” said Jennifer Quinn. “If it’s limited to pornography and sexual content, that’s fine. But if it’s political sites that are filtered, or basic knowledge, I think we need to address that.”
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