Computer Facilities for Children and Young People

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Computer stationWant to use the library's computer and Internet facilities? Read on!

Under 12?

You are most welcome to use the library's Internet-based computers provided that:

  • a parent or guardian is with you at the time, or you are supervised by a teacher (or other responsible adult) over the age of 18.

Under 15 and in secondary school?

You are most welcome to use the library's Internet-based computers provided that:

  • a parent or guardian gives permission in writing for your use of the Internet-based computers by signing a 'Permission Form' in the presence of a member of the library staff, or
  • a parent or guardian is with you at the time, or you are supervised by a teacher (or other responsible adult) over the age of 18.

The use of chat room facilities is not permitted, sorry!

Internet Safety Tips

The Internet can be a great place to find and exchange information, to meet your friends, to be entertained. But it can also be an unsafe place if you are not sure of what you are doing, where you are going or if you are meeting people online you haven't met in person before. Just like parts of your city or your neighbourhood can be unsafe, so can parts of the Internet. You wouldn't wander around certain places after dark on your own, would you? You need to be just as cautious on the Internet. Don't let down your guard and feel totally safe on the Internet just because you are sitting in the comfort of your home. Here are some safety tips to help make your Internet experience a safer and more pleasant experience:

  • Keep your identity as secret as possible.
  • Never post personal information that can identify you or be used to locate you. Don't post your full name, address, your age, phone numbers, your school name or where you might hang out. And don't post other people's information either.
  • Use a nickname rather than your real name.
  • Don't post information about yourself that you don't want others to see. Remember, many people may be able to see what you post, even people you may not want to see your information.
  • Once you post information you can't take it back. Even deleting it later is no guarantee that it can no longer be seen.
  • Photos: Think before you post.
    Once you upload a photo, you've lost control over where it appears, who sees it, and what happens to it - www.watchyourspace.ie.
  • Personal photos should not have information that can help identify or locate you.
  • Don't respond to an online message if it makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened. Tell an adult you trust and report it to the social networking site you are in. Don't become a victim.
  • If unsure of something, check with your parents.
  • Check with your parents first if you are required to give out personal information in order to enter a competition, access a site or buy something online.
  • Be respectful. Be polite. Never say nasty or untrue things. Don't provoke, you can get a nasty reaction that makes you regret it.
  • Never meet in person with anyone you first 'met' on the Internet. Be wary if a new online 'friend' wants to meet you in person. Tell your parents or an adult you trust.
  • Not everyone you meet online may be who they say they are. Some people lie about who they really are. And not everyone has friendly intentions.
  • You wouldn't let a stranger into your house, into your 'world', would you? Remember, that in effect is what you could be doing when 'talking' to a stranger online. Keep a 'distance' between you and strangers online.
  • If you create your own 'presence' or page on the Internet, consider restricting access to 'real-life' friends or family.
  • Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, MySpace) are a great way to keep in touch with your friends. Learn how they help you to protect your identity. Be smart.
  • Social network sites will usually state a minimum age for members e.g. 13 years in the case of Facebook and MySpace. Abide by their rules if you join up when old enough to do so.

SEE Internet Tips for Parents

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