Online Safety for Children

Keeping children safe on the Internet is everyone’s job.
Parents need to stay in close touch with their kids as they explore the Internet.

Teachers need to help students use the Internet appropriately and safely.

Community groups, including libraries, after-school programs, and others should help educate the public about safe surfing.

Kids and teens need to learn to take responsibility for their own behavior — with guidance from their families and communities.

It’s not at all uncommon for kids to know more about the Internet and computers than their parents or teachers. If that’s the case in your home or classroom, don’t despair. You can use this as an opportunity to turn the tables by having your child teach you a thing or two about the Internet. Ask her where she likes to go on the Internet and what she thinks you might enjoy on the Net. Get your child to talk with you about what’s good and not so good about his Internet experience. Also, no matter how Web-literate your kid is, you should still provide guidance. You can’t automate good parenting.

A little perspective from a parent who’s been there
Just as adults need to help kids stay safe, they also need to learn not to overreact when they find out a child or teenager has been exposed to inappropriate material or strayed from a rule. Whatever you do, don’t blame or punish your child if he tells you about an uncomfortable online encounter. Your best strategy is to work with him, so you both can learn from what happened and figure out how to keep it from happening again.

The challenges posed by the Internet can be positive. Learning to make good choices on the Internet can serve young people well by helping them to think critically about the choices they will face. Today it’s the Internet; tomorrow it may be deciding whether it’s safe to get into the car of someone a teen meets at a party. Later it will be deciding whether a commercial offer really is “too good to be true” or whether it really makes sense to vote for a certain candidate or follow a spiritual guru. Learning how to make good choices is a skill that will last a lifetime.

Guide to Online Privacy
While kids are often more computer savvy than their parents — they can easily sign up for a game or subscribe to a chat room service — they don’t understand the consequences of revealing personal information to strangers. As a rule, children should not reveal personal information about themselves online without a parent’s permission. This includes their name, email address, postal address, phone number, photo, school address, etc.

Teach your children about some of the risks involved if they reveal their name, address, telephone number and/or email address online and print out some of these general rules for your children to follow as they surf online. You can help children protect their privacy and themselves if you teach them to be privacy-wise. Learn more about how to teach your kids to keep their personal information to themselves online by visiting the kids privacy section of GetNetWise

Internet Policy for Kids

Please Note:  Parents and other caregivers, not the library staff, are responsible for determining what their child may read, listen to, or view.

Internet Use Policy
Public access to the Internet is limited to adult users and minors with parental consent only.

Library Internet access will be guided by the principles and user rights as delineated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights in Cyberspace.

Electronic information services, and networks provided by the Library will be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all Library users.

Access to information will not be denied or limited because of its controversial content or because of personal beliefs or fear of confrontation. The Library does not monitor an individual’s use if the internet: nor does the Library use filtering software.

Information retrieved or utilized electronically is considered constitutionally protected unless determined otherwise by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.

Responsibility for and any restriction of, a child’s use of the Internet rests solely with his or her parents or legal guardians.

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet.  The Library makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of the information available on the Internet.  The provision of access does not mean or imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary which may be found on the Internet.

The Library cannot protect individuals from information and images which may be personally offensive or disturbing and bears no liability for the display of such.

The Library will terminate the session of individuals displaying of information and/or images which cause a disruption.

Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. The Library has no authority to act In Loco Parentis; however, the Library will make available on-line and/or printed materials on protecting children such as, “Dealing with Cyber Bullies”, “Safe Blogging”, and “Social Networking”; all recommended by the American Library Association and the New Jersey State Library Association, targeted at youth, teen and parent users respectively, and encourage parents to review this information with their children.


Brainfuse Help Now.

Get live one on one tutoring from 2pm – 11 pm!  All you need is your library card number. Brought to you by the NJ State Library, this resource also includes skill building activities and an Adult Learning Center.  Learn more now.


What is Brainfuse?


  • Live Tutoring: Students submit a question in our online classroom and receive live, one-on-one assistance from a Brainfuse tutor, 2 pm – 11 pm daily.
  • SkillSurfer: Our skills building service helps students master a concept or skill through state aligned online lessons with a live tutor. HelpNow Skills Building has been designed for a variety of age groups and academic needs.
  • Writing Lab: Our writing tutors help students become better writers by providing constructive feedback, and other assistance usually within 24 h

    ours of receiving a student’s submission.

  • Send Question: Students submit questions via our online form and a tutor will respond usually within 24 hours to the student’s question.
  • Language Lab: Students receive live online help with their Spanish language homework from our fluent Spanish-speaking tutors.


  • LEAP Learning Platform: Diagnostic test center with detailed study plans, lessons and live tutoring.
  • FlashBulb: Users can access and create interactive learning games, quizzes and flashcards.
  • eParachute: Use eParachute to discover your strengths and unique talents to map out your future career.



  • Meet: Schedule a live study group session with friends and instructors. Invitees receive the invite in their email inbox and simply click on the Meet link to join the organizer. Attendees need not be Brainfuse users.
  • Brainwave: Record movie-like whiteboard sessions to record solutions to homework problems, class projects, or any other concepts that involve motion or sequencing.



Adult Learning center is the adult learners’ version of Help Now which includes:

  • High School Equivalency (GED) Preparation: Allows you to practice test-taking skills, take practice tests and get live test coaching.
  • Prepare for the U.S citizenship Test: Includes practice tests and resources.
  • Write a Winning Resume: Get assistance with both your resume and cover letter.
  • Test Center: Take a variety of tests to practices basic, intermediate and advanced knowledge of math, reading, and writing.
  • Microsoft Office Help : Allows users to ask questions about Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Career Resources : Provides lists of popular job search links.
  • Live Tutoring, Writing Lab, Send Question, and the Skills Building modules are also included

Brought to you by the NJ State Library. provides free tools for students and continuing learners to develop their careers in counseling, including career outlooks, state-by-state guides to licensure, and expert advice. It also provides resources for recent graduates and current counselors such as a jobs board.

Help for Hoopla

Checkout periods

  • ​Movies, TV shows and videos: 72 hours (3 days)
  • Music albums: 1 week (7 days)
  • Audiobooks: 3 weeks (21 days)
  • eBooks and Comics: 3 weeks (21 days)


Need help?

Review hoopla FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

If you need further help, contact hoopla directly by clicking here then choose “Contact Us” in the menu options at the bottom of the page.

For other questions, Contact Us at Hamilton Free Public Library.

Hoopla Details

Browse & check out

  • Browse or search for a title. Once you have made your selection, click “Borrow.”
  • After borrowing the item, go to “My Hoopla” and “Currently Borrowed” ​to play or listen to your title.
  • The library pays per use, so there are never any waiting lists. See a title and check it out!
  • The maximum number of items each card holder may check out each month is 6.

How to Hoopla

It’s easy to start using hoopla digital.

Start using hoopla digital today to borrow digital books, comics, videos​, music and audiobooks by using your email, creating a password and entering your library card number. Gain access to thousands of titles – available for instant streaming or temporary download – to watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer. There’s no waiting to borrow and hoopla digital’s automatic return eliminates all late fees. See what all the hoopla is about!  Go directly to the collection.

Don’t have a library card? Contact the Circulation department 609-581-4060, ext. 4001 or

Set-up instructions depend on how you will be using the service. Streaming digital videos, music and audiobooks require an Internet connection. Data rates may apply on mobile devices. We suggest using a WiFi connection.

Using a personal computer (Windows or Mac):

  1. Enter your email address and create a password.
  2. Choose Hamilton Free Public Library.​​
  3. Enter your library card number with no spaces.

Using a tablet, smartphone or mobile device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone or tablet):

  • Go to the Apple App or Google Play store to download the free hoopla digital app.
  • Once in the app, click “Sign Up” and create an account using the four steps above.
  • The app can be used to stream videos, audiobooks and music.

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