Terms of Use for Critter Cams’ Moderated Discussion

Thanks for participating in the Wildlife Center’s Critter Cam moderated discussion! The goal of this chatroom is for Center supporters, classrooms, and Center staff to interact and engage in a fun, safe, and educational setting.

Please be aware that this is a moderated discussion — comments are not automatically posted. To ensure a vibrant, educational, and topical discussion about wildlife, a Wildlife Center staff member reviews and publishes comments and questions.

Instructions on Using the JotCast Moderated Discussion

On the Critter Cam page, you’ll find the moderated discussion on the right-hand side of the page. Enter your name in the box provided at the bottom of the discussion. Type your comment in the large comment field, then click “send” or hit enter to submit the comment into the moderator’s queue for review. Note that if you wish to create a line break in your comment/question, hit “shift + enter” to start a new line.

The moderated discussion opens in a full-screen tab on mobile devices for the best user experience.

To the right of the field for your name, you’ll see four icons. In order, from left to right:

  1. My JotCast. This is where you may turn on sound notifications for the discussion – when new messages are published, you’ll hear the audio clip you select (chime, classic, knock, etc). You may also see your message history here; this is a compilation of all of the messages from you that have been published. There’s no need to register for an account.
  2. Upload image. This icon looks like a small arrow pointed upward. Click on the icon, then you may click on the black “choose a file” text to select a file from your computer, or you can drag a file to the blue cloud and arrow. Click “upload image” and your photo and comment will be submitted to the moderator queue for review.
  3. Minimize. The third button will minimize the comment field if you’d like to see more of the published discussion.
  4. Popout. This icon (four arrows going outward) will “pop out” the discussion into a new tab.

To post YouTube videos on the discussion, simply paste the URL of the video. It must be a YouTube video link to display the video in the chat window.

Screenshot of JotCast interface

Terms of Use

Help us keep our discussion fun, friendly, educational, and appropriate. We ask everyone watching Critter Cams and using the moderated discussion to abide by these terms of use:

  • Please be respectful of moderators, Center staff, and one another. No profanity; the Center uses this platform to host educational sessions with students around the world. There will be no discussion of politics, religion, drugs, or alcohol.
  • Moderators may opt not to share your post if they feel it doesn’t contribute to the overall educational nature of the discussion. Moderators can edit your comment/question and may remove a portion of it if they deem it inappropriate.
  • Not all comments will be published. When the discussion is extremely busy, the moderators may choose not to post all greetings and comments, or they may choose not to post comments sent at an earlier time which no longer contributes to the current discussion.
  • Feel free to have fun, but remember, this is an educational discussion focused on wildlife. We have no issues sharing other general wildlife news and even short updates from other wildlife webcams, but remember this website is for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and we will not use the discussion as a chat forum for other cameras.
  • If sharing photos, please appropriately credit them in your comments or in the photo caption.
  • Moderators can ban users who repeatedly fail to abide by these terms of use.

Critter Cam Screenshots and Video Feed

Viewers are welcome to take and share screenshots and video feed with appropriate credit.

  • Unedited screenshots and video footage should simply be credited to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
  • Viewers who edit screenshots or video footage from Critter Cams must include proper credit to the Wildlife Center, along with credit to the editor, to establish that the Center did not edit the particular footage. Examples:
    • Video is property of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, captured and edited by [your name]
    • Screenshot is property of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, edited by [your name]