North Carolina Libraries, Vol 61, No 1 (2003)

Children, Public Libraries, and the Internet: Is it Censorship or Good Service

Susan Colaric


The American Library Association (ALA), with its absolutist view of
First Amendment rights, is doing a disservice to young library patrons.
By insisting on open Internet access, regardless of age, the ALA
is sending children into an information abyss that will most likely result
in confusion, frustration, and poor research skills. ALA supports its
position by saying that it is the parents’ role to monitor their children’s
Internet use, but the problem of unaccompanied children in the library
has been a concern of librarians for years.

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