Policies

Computer Use

PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTER USE POLICY

  • Public Access Computer customers must be a Seminole County resident, with a Seminole County library card and have a balance of $5.00 or less.
  • Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Each computer session is for one hour with two self-renewals, for a maximum use of 3 hours per day, when computers are available.
  • Documents cannot be saved on the computer’s hard drive. Customers must use a portable storage device if they wish to save a document.
  • Printing is available through a networked printer. Customers make payment and pick up print jobs at the circulation desk.
  • Guest passes are available for purchase for non-Seminole County patrons only.  The passes are valid for one 60 minute session with no renewals.
  • Adults (17 years and older) will not be allowed access to Internet computers in the Children’s area unless assisting a child. 
  • Children under age 17 are required to complete an Internet Safety program prior to accessing a public Internet computer unless a parent or guardian signs an authorization form waiving the requirement. Parent’s authorization will be recorded in the notes field in the minor’s library record. Children/minors (14 years and younger) will not be allowed to access Internet computers in the adult area.

Public computers have Internet Access and the following software

  • Microsoft Office Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Publisher
  • Business Plans Pro (available at designated computers)
Call your library branch to ask about a computer with sound.  Many of the PCs are configured with sound available only through earphones or earbuds (must bring your own set).
 
Internet Safety Tips for Parents and Guardians
Share these tips with your kids:
  
(These tips are adapted from Common Sense Media.)
  • Never give any personal information to anyone you meet online.
  • Never meet up with anyone you don't already know.
  • People are often not who they say they are.
  • Don't fill out any "fun" questionnaires that are forwarded to you.
  • Make sure you know everyone on your buddy list.
  • You do not have to answer emails or IMs from people you don't know.
  • There's no such thing as "private" on the Internet. 
  • Be careful about posting pictures of yourself and don't send pictures of other people.
  • Don't download content without your parents' permission.
  • Never share your password with anyone but your parents. 
Remember that as frustrating as your parents are on this subject, they're only trying to keep you safe.
 
   NetSmartzKids     
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Seminole County Public Library has an Internet Safety Education Program featuring the NetSmartzWorkshop, an animated, interactive, age appropriate software program designed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This program teaches Internet safety awareness to children, teens, parents, guardians, and educators and is available in three grade levels.
Children and teens are required to take the NetSmartz Workshop before they are allowed to access the Internet on library computers. This requirement can be waived at the request of parents via a signed authorization form.
 
Related Links:
www.netsmartz.org- Tips for families, children, and teens about online safety
http://netsmartz411.org   - Parents' and guardians' premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Internet.
http://www.bnetsavvy.org/wp/- Tools for Adults to Help Kids Connect Safely.