Yonkers libraries hope to help protect children from inappropriate material
For today's school children, computers have become as important as textbooks, and they function as research tools, as well as entertainment and communication devices. But many children are bombarded with inappropriate material when they sit down to surf the web. Searching for seemingly innocent terms such as "teen" or "girl" often result in a laundry list of pornographic Web sites. However, Yonkers Public Libraries are hoping to put a stop to this, and will be installing Internet filters in all of their computers.The new software comes thanks to a $25,000 grant secured by State Senator Nick Spano (R-Yonkers). Yonkers Library Director Steve Force says he hopes the new measures will help protect children from pornography and Internet predators. However, officials make sure to note that most Internet predator cases occur on home computers, and it is hoped that the steps the library is taking will encourage parents to do the same at home.Right now, the library is looking at two different types of filters, one that blocks sites based on words, and another that blocks certain web addresses known to be inappropriate or that may lead to such sites. Similar filtering systems are expected at public libraries in Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant.