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Zoom Security Tips and Best Practices for Teachers

Zoom is extremely accessible and easy to use—and, sadly, equally accessible to the “bad guys” in the world. “Zoom-bombing” is the interruption of a Zoom meeting by an uninvited participant who displays pornographic or hate images and language. Following multiple Zoom-bombing incidents in K-12 and university-level virtual meetings held during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FBI issued several security tips for Zoom users:

  • Do not make your meeting public. Require either a meeting password for entrance OR use Zoom’s waiting room feature to control participant entrance.
  • Provide the link directly to the specific people who need it. Do not post it publicly.
  • Change the screensharing option to “host only” so you control what is seen on the screen.
  • Follow any instructions and guidelines provided by your administration.

In addition to these security tips, ATPE recommends the following best practices:

  • Use the Zoom virtual background feature to reduce distractions in your background and also to keep others from seeing into your home.
  • Use the chat feature to facilitate questions.
  • Encourage online meeting etiquette (keeping yourself on mute, using a virtual or neutral background, etc.).

Zoom has developed a tip sheet for teachers with additional ideas

This content was adapted from the ATPE Blog, originally posted on March 31, 2020.