House Rules for Interactive Online Events

Welcome to online events at Seven Stories!


Our interactive events are designed to feel as much like a Seven Stories event as possible. This includes the whole audience being able to see one another, and engage with our brilliant storytelling team! 

Just like at our museum, we have some house rules to make the experience as enjoyable and safe as possible for everyone attending.

We ask that you:

  • Access Zoom through a parent/carers account.

  • Have your video on throughout the session. As well as making it possible for Seven Stories to engage directly with you and your family, this helps us to ensure that everyone is safe at our events. If your video is not running you may be removed from the event for safety reasons. Your video will be on view to all other participants, as there’s will be with you.

  • Ensure you join the event in a suitable location (e.g. living areas, not bedrooms or bathrooms) with space for children to safely join in with activities. This could include having somewhere to take part in a craft activity, or space to safely stand and move around free from trip hazards to take part in actions and songs.

  • Ensure no personal information is on display on your video (e.g. address in background, school uniform, photographs of others etc)’. You may wish to use Zoom’s option to add a virtual background.

  • Ensure an adult is in the room with child(ren) during interactive events to join in and help.

  • Ensure everyone attending the event is wearing suitable clothing for a public activity. All members of the household must be aware that the call is taking place and make sure they use appropriate language and behaviour when nearby or in the background.

  • Change your Zoom name to either the first names of child(ren) attending the event, or another name you will recognise if spoken to directly by Seven Stories events team. Please do not include any other personal information such as surnames, phone numbers, email addresses, organisation names etc. 

  • Do not take pictures of the event, or other participants, as you will be in breach of GDPR.

  • We would also encourage you to have a conversation with your child(ren), young people and family about online safety. The NSPCC have lots of resource to help you have these conversations. Net Aware also provides gudiance around Livestreamding and Video Apps.

As our commitment to making interactive events enjoyable and safe, Seven Stories will:

  • Have a minimum of two adults participating in the event. One will be Seven Stories event lead, the other may be another Seven Stories member of staff or a member of a partner organisation delivering the event, such as a storyteller, author, illustrator, performer etc.

  • Ensure the Seven Stories event lead welcomes everyone to the event, monitoring and managing the event and participants throughout, to ensure everyone adheres to the House Rules.

  • All Seven Stories staff, and those from partner organisations, will ensure they are in an appropriate space throughout the call. Where possible they will have their background set up for the event, blur the background, or use a digital background. All members of their household will be aware the event is taking place and not enter the space being used for the event. 

Thank you for taking the time to read and understand our house rules. We’re excited to see you all very soon!