So you can enjoy our online events safely, we’ve put together some tips on staying safe.
By participating in any online event hosted by Hertfordshire Libraries, you are agreeing to follow our Code of Conduct at all times.
Remember this is a public event
Anything you post online, including comments and images, may be visible to others.
This includes being captured in any recordings of the event. When events are being recorded, we will make this clear when you book or at the start and we'll seek your permission.
We'll make it clear when you book if your event requires you to use a webcam. We'll advise you to find a neutral area where nothing personal or inappropriate can be seen or heard in the background. Use a blurred background.
Be courteous and respectful of other people and their opinions
We want our events to provide a welcoming environment for everyone. Whilst healthy debates are encouraged, remember to be kind and respect everyone and their opinions.
Any posts / comments containing offensive language, hate speech or discriminatory content will be removed.
Any promotional posts/comments will be removed.
Look after your own online safety and that of others
Don't try to message other participants directly either via event channels or any other means.
Don't respond to contact requests from people you don’t know.
Don't record or take screenshots of any part of the event.
Hertfordshire County Council will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury, direct or indirect, suffered as a result of accessing library online activities and events.
To keep your personal details safe:
- avoid using your full name or your email address as your username. For example, use ‘Joe B’ rather than Joe Frank Bloggs or JFB650@youremail.com
- be aware of your privacy settings, particularly Facebook privacy
- don't share personal information like your email address or phone number. Any written comments you make will be seen by the whole audience during the event and when recording and sharing Facebook Live events
- don't direct-message or accept any friend requests from other participants
- avoid following links to external websites shared by anyone other than Hertfordshire Libraries (we’ll make it clear when it’s us)
- once you have paid for your event ticket, there are no additional costs. We may link to our donations page
- if invited to take part in a workshop, be aware of what your microphone or webcam could pick up (for example, family members' conversations)
- using a blur background
- letting other people in the household know you're using a microphone and/or webcam - you can always mute yourself or turn your camera off if you need to
- dressing appropriately
If there is anything you are unsure about or is making you uncomfortable, contact one of our online event staff who will be able to assist you.
We also recommend the following websites for more general top tips on online safety:
Online events for children and young people
As with our in-person events, we ask for different levels of participation from parents and carers, depending on the child’s age. For certain events such as family learning sessions, parents of older children will be asked to stay and be actively involved in the session.
Up to 7 years old
A parent or carer must participate with full session from a communal family room (i.e. not a bedroom). A parent or carer must book a place for the child and provide consent to participate.
From age 8 to 12
A parent or carer must ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ their children at the beginning and end of sessions and be in the house while the session is taking place. Please participate from a communal family room (i.e. not a bedroom). A parent or carer must book a place for the child and provide consent to participate.
From age 13 to 15
We advise a parent or carer to be in the house while the session is taking place. If participating and using a webcam, the blur background function must be used. A participant can book a place themselves and parent or carer consent to participate is not required.
From age 16 to 18
Parents are not required to be present in the house while the session is taking place. If participating and using a webcam, the blur background function must be used. A participant can book a place themselves and parent or carer consent to participate is not required.