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Youth Safety and Security

Child Safety

Please remember that the library is an open public building.  As such library staff can not be expected to watch children or keep track of who comes in or out of the building.  It is, therefore, necessary for parents, guardians, and caregivers to stay within eyesight of their children or charges.

Library Manners

We want everyone to have the best library experience possible.  To ensure this please follow these guidelines:

  1. Speak with a quiet voice – While we understand that crying and loud expression occur, if a disruption continues for an extended period of time, we may ask that you try visiting the library again another day.
  2. A library is not a playground – Do not run, climb, or throw objects.
  3. Treat library materials with care – Keep library materials away from food and liquids.  Do not fold, cut, rip, or write in magazines, newspapers or books.
  4. Enjoy drinks in covered containers – Food can be enjoyed only in designated spaces.
  5. Leave unwanted materials on tables for library staff to re-shelve. 
  6. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 
  7. Ask library staff for help when you need it. 

Computer Use

Please take the time to read the full Computer Use and Internet Safety Policy.

  1. Caregivers will take responsibility for technology use by their children – The library and staff will not monitor activity on the computers or wifi; this is the responsibility of the caregiver.
  2. Be aware that the library’s wifi is an unsecured connection to the internet – It is not advisable to perform personal actions like making purchases or checking financial information. 
  3. Save work regularly to a flash drive or other device – All work will be erased from the computer when it is logged off.

Internet Safety

The Dearborn Public Library makes every effort to protect children when they access the Internet.  Children and their caregivers are encouraged to visit the following sites for tips on safe Internet use.
American Association of Pediatrics on media use including cyberbullying, social media, and healthy screen habits.
Independent, research-based non-profit that provides educational videos and lessons about digital safety complete with app, video game and other media ratings for parental guidance.
The Federal Consumer Trade Commission provides advice for parents on how to protect their child’s privacy online, tips for talking to kids about texting, websites intended for adults, and more.
A non-profit dedicated to advising technology users on privacy, safety, and security.
An online parent-to-parent magazine with information about current trends in technology and the applications of technology in modern households.

Child Safety Brochure (PDF)