It’s difficult to overstate the importance of remote learning platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic and our newfound reliance on Zoom as a critical tool in our schools.
However, a new threat has emerged to productive classrooms in the form of Zoom Bombing or the act of an outsider entering a class and causing disruption. While it may sound like a harmless activity, what has been observed in the wider education system can take on a more sinister reality, including hate speech and the display of explicit content.
Students have been posting Zoom links and passwords to social media, along with their names – making it difficult to catch outsiders entering their classes, even when using passcodes, waiting rooms, and manually checking for names.
While it’s important to prevent Zoom Bombing to protect the integrity of online learning sessions, schools must balance security with the ease of access that ensures students can join their classes.
The solution is to use a Zoom option called “Authenticated Users” that works in tandem with Google Apps and Chromebooks, allowing schools to limit class participants to only those who have a school owned Google account. This option enables students to easily join their classes without the need for them to create their own Zoom account.
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