#BannedBooksWeek – Banned Website Awareness Day

Welcome to Banned Books Week, 2019. I’ve made it something of a tradition to participate, and this year is no different! I invite you to join me this year, share your blog posts and check out what others have to say. The link will be open the entire week!

Image of a lit-up lightbulb holding a book, followed by the words: Censorship Leaves Us In The Dark. Keep The LIght On! Banned Books Week, September 22-28, 2019. bannedbooksweek.org

According to the American Association of School Librarians, “there is a growing censorship issue in schools and school libraries – overly restrictive filtering of educational websites reaching far beyond the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).”

With this in mind, today is Banned Website Awareness Day. There are a number of instances where information access has been filtered in extreme, certain websites challenged, and even widely used search engines removed!

The text "Banned Website Awareness Day" is printed in black letters, outlined in white, on a black background. Next to this is an image of a globe, with the letters "WWW" along the top of it (in green), in front of the glove, with the top metal piece looping over it, is a padlock which features the words "Unlock Internet."  At the bottom of the image is the AASL love, and the web-address: www.ala.org/aasl/bwad

The rise of internet technology has certainly presented new challenges when it comes to questions of censorship. While a school library can limit their book acquisition to those books that are relevant and reasonable for their population (an elementary school is unlikely to face any objection if they don’t stock copies of 50 Shades Of Grey, for instance), the internet provides a wide open web of information that can be harder to filter to keep appropriate without undue censorship or violating a students First Amendment rights.

I recommend browsing through the information provided by the AASL to learn more about this issue!

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