the city's library director.
The policy doesn't have to be strict, but it's a "safe bet" that's what
the state Legislature would prefer, he said.
City Councilman Dave Sullivan was shocked to learn that until late last
week, the library had allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to use computers with
unlimited Internet access.
"I just feel that most parents would consider their offspring children
until [the age of] 18," he said.
But parents shouldn't harbor a false sense of security now because the
software used to filter out objectionable material isn't infallible,
Hayden wrote in a memo dated Monday.
Some offensive images may slip through, the memo states. That's why the
policy states that the library "cannot be held responsible for what a
child accesses while on the Internet."
The council also discussed ways to limit what adults can search for on
the Web, but concerns about violating civil rights forced them to hold
off until staff further researches the issue.
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