Zoom is a video conferencing platform which was founded in 2011 and is currently available on desktop, mobile, tablet and browser. The platform allows users to run meetings, webinars, share files and live chat with others. Zoom’s capacity to broadcast and host video chats with up to 100 others has made it popular for church gatherings and school lessons.
On Apple’s App Store, Zoom is
ranked as suitable for 4 years and up and is rated PEGI 3 on Google’s Play Store. Zoom is different from social media platforms, the conferencing software may present a risk to young people from uninvited guests to open meetings with shareable invites.
There are no ‘block’ or ‘report’ functions as we would see on social media platforms, instead, there are meeting restrictions. As more and more young people use the platform for learning, it’s important to understand and apply the appropriate safety settings. Knowing how to use these settings will help keep young people safe on the platform.
The most obvious risk associated with Zoom is the potential for uninvited guests to access a meeting, referred to as ‘Zoom Bombing’: