Zoom is a video conferencing service that you can use to virtually meet with others for fun or for work. Zoom can be used to connect with family members and friends, and parents can use Zoom with their children to join virtual events and programming. Many teachers are using Zoom to connect with their students—even very young students—online and many organizations are even hosting events, trainings, and workshops on Zoom. Multiple virtual meeting options exist beyond Zoom, and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the security settings before hosting or joining any online gathering.
Try these strategies to protect your meetings, events, and online gatherings:
- Make sure your meeting is password protected
- When possible, don’t share your Zoom link or code on social media
- Be aware of everything that is within view of your camera
- Adjust your settings & features (see this article on how to find your account settings)
- Control ‘Screen Sharing’ so that you can ensure only trusted people can show content
- Disable the ‘Join Before Host’ setting so that you control when the meeting begins
- Use the ‘Waiting Room’ option to control who enters the meeting
- Turn off the ‘annotation’ feature so that nobody can draw on the screen
- ‘Mute participants upon entry’ then remind them that they can unmute when needed
Here at Children's Council, we have found some of our best practices to be having distinct roles for moderating and technology monitoring, sharing key content in the group chat box, and asking for permission before recording a virtual meeting. The attached guides offer more detailed tips for Zoom security in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
To learn more about using Zoom with your child, check out this short video and article from Common Sense Media.