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Tampa Libraries Take Another Safety Measure

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Hillsborough County libraries (Tampa and surrounding) are making what I think is a commendable move in the way they will allow internet access to children younger than 17. All children and teens will be required to take a free safety course called NetSmartz if they want to use the net inside the library system.

NetSmartz was developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to teach children ages 5 and older to avoid the dangers of online sexual predators. On top of earning the right to use the internet at the library, every one who completes the course will also receive a free children’s admission to Lowry Park Zoo, The Florida Aquarium and the Museum of Science & Industry.

The course only takes about 20 minutes to complete. I think the Hillsborough libraries deserve massive kudos for instating this requirement for internet use. It is a responsible measure.

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