Teaching the principles of responsible internet usage is crucial because you can’t keep people away from the internet. Even if you do not allow them computers and handheld devices, they can just go to the library.
According to a recent study, 26% of Americans over the age of 16 went online at a library over the last 12 months (link):
Some 26% of Americans ages 16 and older say they used the computers there or the WiFi connection to go online. Here’s what they did on that free internet access:
- 66% of those who used the internet at a library in the past 12 months did research for school or work.
- 63% say they browsed the internet for fun or to pass the time.
- 54% say they used email.
- 47% say they got health information.
- 41% say they visited government websites or got information about government services.
- 36% say they looked for jobs or applied for jobs online.
- 35% say they visited social networking sites.
- 26% say they downloaded or watched online video.
- 16% say they bought a product online.
- 16% say they paid bills or did online banking.
- 16% say they took an online class or completed an online certification program.
Additionally, some 36% of those who had ever visited a library say the library staff had helped them use a computer or the internet at a library.