Banned Websites Awareness Day

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Read the August 9, 2011 press release about this new AASL event

See also Filtering and Intellectual Freedom.

ALA Policy Statements Supporting Minors’ Rights Online

Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials

Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks

Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program

The Code of Ethics of the American Library Association

Economic Barriers to Information Access

Free Access to Libraries for Minors

Importance of Education to Intellectual Freedom

The Library Bill of Rights

Library Bill of Rights Interpretations

Minors and Internet Interactivity

Prisoners’ Right to Read


Restricted Access to Library Resources

Services to Persons with Disabilities

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Acceptable Use Policies

Consortium for School Networking. (COSN) February 2011. Acceptable Use Policies in the Web 2.0 and Mobile Era: A Guide for School Districts.. Check out COSN’s recommendations for developing an acceptable use policy that includes Web 2.0 applications and use of student mobile devices. The article includes current state laws relating to filtering and cyberbullying. A bibliography of actual AUP’s and URL’s is provided.

Consortium for School Networking. (COSN) Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media.. In December 2011, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the FrameWorks Institute invited senior-level representatives from state and national organizations to a meeting in Washington, D.C., to develop a resource to assist educational leaders and policymakers in developing sound and practical policies for our increasingly connected learning environment.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Using Mobile and Social Technologies in Schools. May 2011. NASSP establishes guidelines for policy development and practice regarding social and mobile technologies in 9-12 education. This document includes guiding principals, recommendations, and references.

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Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Articles

Barseghian, Tina. (2011, April 26)Mind/Shift “Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths about Blocked Sites. . Author Barseghian interviewed the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Education Technology, Karen Cator, about applying the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) provisions in schools.

American Library Association. Office for Intellectual Freedom. "The Children's Internet Protection Act. (CIPA)" . ALA's site includes a history of CIPA,FAQ's about the law's implementation, and other resources.

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Digital Literacy Lessons

Banned Sites. New Caanan (CT) high school librarian Michelle Luhtala, has included sample lessons using mobile and social technologies on her #Banned Sites website. The site also includes a blog and list of resources.

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Don't Filter Me Project Articles

Keen, Lisa. (2011, August 17). This online article reports on a lawsuit brought by the ACLU against a public school district in Missouri where filters are blocking lesbian and gay sites. The ACLU suit cites Board of Ed v. Pico which limits a "school board's authority to remove books from the school libraries." ACLU steps up fight against overzealous school internet filters..

Sloan, Karen. (2011, February 16). “ACLU and Yale Law team up to challenge high school filtering of LGBT-related sites.” The National Law Journal. ACLU and the Yale Law School LGBT Litigation Clinic announce their “Don’t Filter Me” project aimed at high school students checking whether their schools’ filtering software blocks selected gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-related content.

Zwang, Zenna. (2011, June 18) . Companies Respond to ACLU’s ‘Don’t’ Filter Me’ Campaign. eSchoolnews. Read about filtering companies’ responses saying to the ACLU’s Don’t Filter Me project.

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Filtering in Action Articles

Watters, Audrey. 2011, April 5. Mind/Shift. “Students Complain About Being Shut Out of the Internet.”. Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2010 survey results reveals that students’ number one complaint is that filters block sites they need to do their schoolwork.

Internet Safety Articles

Willard, Nancy. (2007).Schools and Online Social Networking Willard provides suggestions and guidelines for students and schools with the advent of social networking and the importance of teaching Internet safety.

Willard, Nancy. (2007, August 21, Updated February 24, 2009). A Web 2.0 Approach to Internet Safety. Education World. Former educator and the director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use , Willard discusses six key components of a school-based Internet safety strategy.

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State Internet Filtering and Social Networking Laws

Children and the Internet: Laws Relating to Filtering, Blocking and Usage Polices in Schools and Libraries. Last updated January 13, 2011, this site from the National Conference of State Legislatures supplies an overview of state laws with an easy to follow chart of state laws regarding Internet Usage Policies and filtering as they apply to schools and libraries.

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