[Sophie and Liz B. had planned a post that discussed DOPA and unattended children in the library. Upon reflection, it was the sort of snark that worked well as an off the cuff discussion, but failed on paper.]
What we want to say in a nutshell about DOPA:
We believe that parents and the public continue to operate under the misunderstanding that the library is a safe place to send children to spend endless hours.
We believe that DOPA came about because of fear and concern about children and the Internet; and was drafted by people who are honestly concerned but who do not understand the nature of today's technology, especially the positives to be found in Web 2.0.
We would like to remind parents and the public that DOPA or no DOPA, that when you send your child to the library for the day, your child is spending hours in a public place; that any member of the public can and does spend hours at the library; and that no one in the library is a licensed, degreed, or trained child care provider. DOPA or no DOPA, your child isn't being supervised.