Leave it to our culture to come up with a new word in the midst of a crisis – Zoombombing. While the word and the action sounds funny, it is not.  Allegedly, there are some people that continue to hijack audio and video streams during virtual classes – with porn and racist comments utilized.  As teachers explore virtual classrooms for the first time – beware and be ready.

EdSurge has a great article on Zoombombing that is very helpful with this in mind.

As Zoom grows in popularity, so too do episodes of internet impropriety begin to escalate.

“Like journalists and investors, educators from New York City to the University of Southern California have reported instances where their virtual meetings were hijacked by miscreants.”

USC is providing resources to prevent Zoombombing – https://keepteaching.usc.edu/tools/zoombombing-resources/

Plus 6 tips to deter Zoombombing

And from Zoom – https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/20/keep-the-party-crashers-from-crashing-your-zoom-event/

We are happy to provide additional tips for Virtual Teaching if you are just getting started as well.

Finally – it should be highlighted not to record virtual sessions and to avoid posting pictures of virtual sessions on social media; FERPA and privacy concerns should be heeded.

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