The pandemic has caused all kinds of interruptions. Most people were confined to working from home, and now people seem comfortable doing it. But all of this wouldn’t have been possible without a platform like Zoom which has catapulted the video conferencing space to a new level. And it’s not just offices that have had to go virtual, millions of children have moved to the platform for online lessons. Zoom says it has introduced a slew of features to keep your kids safe during these classes. Here are five things you need to know about them.
1. Inform the owner of the online courses
Online courses mean that privacy can be an issue, especially if the correct settings are not enabled by the school or administrator. This feature ensures that whenever an online classroom is hosted, the Zoom account owner receives email alerts. The tool has been available since September 2020 and Zoom claims to have sent over 100,000 emails to date.
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2 Restrict users based on selected region or country
Zoom account holders can control who is allowed or restricted in a classroom based on region or countries. This way, the virtual classroom is only joined by the students who need to take the course. Zoom introduced this tool after noticing that people disrupting classes were not from the same area.
3. Activate the waiting room before classes start
In some cases, students are already connected to their online classes, but the host/teacher has not yet started the session. For these kids, Zoom has the Waiting Room, which is a virtual gathering area. Students can engage in a two-way conversation with the host here. The class host can send a message to the whole room or to an individual student, who can reply. This way, teachers can ensure that the right students have enrolled in the course.
4. Ability to Report Abuse
Online abuse is part of the current era, with digitization taking on new forms. Virtual classrooms are no exception in this regard, and Zoom allows students to report such cases. The teacher or class host can report abuse by tapping “Participants” in the meeting controls, selecting the name of the participant they want to report, then selecting “Remove and Report.”
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The person is removed, but the host must fill out a form explaining the reason for the action. Even students in the virtual classroom can report other people via the meeting information icon which is located in the upper left corner of the window. In case the host does not wish to interrupt the session to make a complaint, they can report after the webinar is over.
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5. Suspend the meeting to remove the disruptors
And the last major tool available to both host and students in the Zoom classroom is the ability to pause the session so you can remove and report anyone causing disruption. All they have to do is click on the Security icon and select “Suspend Participant Activities”. After which, Zoom will temporarily stop video, audio, in-meeting chat, annotation, screen sharing, recording, and terminate chat rooms.
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