FANS ONLY Season 1: Episode 9 Education during COVID: Is Zoom Safe for Kids and Schools?
Internet Safety Podcast: Chances are that the 2020-2021 school year will not see K-12 students returning to a typical, back to normal classroom environment. Most schools are trying to create a half-school, half-home schedule. Given the likelihood that most schools will be using some version of this half and half hybrid setup – the next question is obvious. How will the students AT HOME engage in class activities? Zoom, a videoconferencing platform, has been widely used in schools with mixed results. School children, school board meetings, college courses, and business conferences have been “zoom-bombed” by trolls showing graphically sexual images and disturbing racism. Zoom has also been in the news due to hacking issues, questions about data security, and data privacy. So the question remains – Should Zoom be used in schools for kids?
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School administrators and educators should listen to the following episodes:
- Season 1: Episode 5 Part One: When Schools Overshare – COPPA Law and Your Child’s Privacy
- Season 1: Episode 6: Part Two: When Schools Overshare – A Principal’s Perspective
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- Hartmans, Avery. “Trolls Have Started Invading Public Zoom Calls to Share Porn – Here’s How to Change Your Settings to Make Your Chat Safer.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 19 Mar. 2020, www.businessinsider.com/zoom-settings-change-avoids-trolls-porn-2020-3.
- “How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event.” Zoom Blog, 25 June 2020, blog.zoom.us/keep-uninvited-guests-out-of-your-zoom-event/.
- Lee, Micah, and Yael Grauer. “Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing.” The Intercept, 31 Mar. 2020, theintercept.com/2020/03/31/zoom-meeting-encryption/.
- Lorenz, Taylor, and Davey Alba. “’Zoombombing’ Becomes a Dangerous Organized Effort.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 3 Apr. 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/technology/zoom-harassment-abuse-racism-fbi-warning.html.
- Lorenz, Taylor. “How to Prevent ‘Zoombombing’ in a Few Easy Steps.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 Apr. 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/style/zoom-security-tips.html.
- “The NCES Fast Facts Tool Provides Quick Answers to Many Education Questions (National Center for Education Statistics).” National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a Part of the U.S. Department of Education, nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372.
- Newman, Lily Hay. “A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam.” Wired, Conde Nast, www.wired.com/story/zoom-bug-webcam-hackers/.
- Reynolds, Kelvin. “Hack of Pickens County School Board Zoom Meeting under Investigation.” Https://Www.wbrc.com, 14 May 2020, www.wbrc.com/2020/05/14/hack-pickens-county-school-board-zoom-meeting-under-investigation/.
- Rogers, Taylor Nicole. “Meet Eric Yuan, the Founder and CEO of Zoom, Who Has Made Nearly $4 Billion in 3 Months as Usage of His Video Conferencing Software Skyrockets amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 1 Apr. 2020, www.businessinsider.com/meet-zoom-billionaire-eric-yuan-career-net-worth-life#yuan-is-extremely-popular-with-zooms-employees-7.
- Rogers, Taylor Nicole. “Meet Eric Yuan, the Founder and CEO of Zoom, Who Has Made Nearly $4 Billion in 3 Months as Usage of His Video Conferencing Software Skyrockets amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 1 Apr. 2020, www.businessinsider.com/meet-zoom-billionaire-eric-yuan-career-net-worth-life.
- Roser, Max. “Teachers and Professors.” Our World in Data, 28 Sept. 2017, ourworldindata.org/teachers-and-professors#total-number-of-teachers.
- Solochek, Jeffrey S. “Pasco PTA Zoom Meeting Gets Hacked with Porn, Racist Rants.” Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Times, 12 June 2020, www.tampabay.com/news/pasco/2020/06/11/pasco-pta-zoom-meeting-gets-hacked-with-porn-racist-rants/.
- “Startling Disparities in Digital Learning Emerge as COVID-19 Spreads: UN Education Agency | | UN News.” United Nations, United Nations, news.un.org/en/story/2020/04/1062232.
- “University of Southern California.” USC, keepteaching.usc.edu/tools/zoombombing-resources/.
- Whittaker, Zack. “A Bug Bounty Alone Won’t Save Your Startup – Here’s Why.” TechCrunch, TechCrunch, 2 Apr. 2020, techcrunch.com/2020/04/02/startups-bug-bounty-not-enough/.
- Whittaker, Zack. “Maybe We Shouldn’t Use Zoom after All.” TechCrunch, TechCrunch, 31 Mar. 2020, techcrunch.com/2020/03/31/zoom-at-your-own-risk/.
- Whittaker, Zack. “Zoom Admits Some Calls Were ‘Mistakenly’ Routed through China.” TechCrunch, TechCrunch, 4 Apr. 2020, techcrunch.com/2020/04/03/zoom-calls-routed-china/.
- ‘Zoombombers’ Disrupt Online Classes with Racist, Pornographic Content, www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/03/26/zoombombers-disrupt-online-classes-racist-pornographic-content.
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Jesse "Big Mama" Weinberger is an Internet Safety Speaker for schools, the host of the Internet Safety Podcast: Big Mama's House Podcast, and the author of The Boogeyman Exists: And He’s In Your Child’s Back Pocket; a guide for parents and educators on how to keep children safe in a 24-7 always connected digital society. Learn more about how to keep your children safe online. She has been teaching parents, schools, and students how to navigate online and mobile risks since 2003. Jesse is available for internet safety presentations to schools, parents, students, and organizations all over the United States.