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Social Networking and the Cloud of Fear

From ALA TechSource comes Michael Stephens' interview of Robert Doyle on the current state of social networking and the efforts by some states to regulate or filter access to social networking sites within schools and public libraries. Doyle says:

The library community needs to be at the table. We need to be offering the Web-safety classes at all libraries and systems. We need to post the "Basic Rules of Online Safety for Teens" at our public-access terminals...

We need to be proactive. We are far behind on this issue considering the coverage in the media, proposed federal legislation, and proposed legislation in selected states. We need to connect the dots as reported in the local, state, and national media. To all the states that haven't seen this legislation yet, be prepared!

We need to act in a thoughtful and coordinated effort.

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