Houseparty & Zoom – Safeguarding Alerts

The college has been advised to share the following information with parents & carers regarding the Houseparty & Zoom apps.

Houseparty

The Education Safeguarding Team have had numerous queries and safeguarding concerns raised about an App called House Party in respect to live streaming.

The house party is taking social media by storm. It’s from the same company that created Fortnite. Over the last 48 hours there has been lots of misinformation over social media about it.  As with all live-streaming platforms, screenshots, unsolicited messages and self-generated sexualised imagery can put young people at risk.

Links to ‘rooms’ can also be shared publicly – to other platforms which could see uninvited users joining.

Advice

‘Rooms’ should be locked to prevent uninvited guests from joining – remember all rooms will lock by default if a user enables ‘private mode’.

If an uninvited guest joins a room they can easily ‘friend’ others taking part in the live stream.

It appears that when a friend is invited, their friends can also join a ‘room’ without the invitation. Therefore potentially increase the opportunity to cyber-bully and troll others.

For those with access to the Safer Schools App, Ineqe have posted a blog and sent a push notification about it in the app. You can find this in under the News Hub menu in the app then select Safety Hub.

Safer schools have a live blog for further information link

All students, parents carers and staff can download the Safer Schools App for free on to their mobile devices.See the college website for further information and contact IT@corpusleeds.org for your code.

Zoom

Safer use of Zoom

From 5th April 2020, Zoom are forcing users to password protect their meeting room. This is an important first step. Other things to do to protect your Zoom space are:

  • Use a new meeting room each time (ie. don’t use the personal meeting ID)
  • Don’t allow attendees to join before host
  • Mute attendees on joining
  • Turn screen sharing off
  • Set up a ‘waiting room’
  • Lock your meeting room after you have started
  • Don’t publicise your meeting’s link on social media
  • Don’t share the screenshot of everyone, especially when it show the meeting ID
  • Try to have someone who’s job it is to ‘manage the room’ and focus just on doing that.
  • Tell people what the Plan B is (ie. if you do have to abort the meeting where will the meeting move to and how can people rejoin)

Additionally,

  • Avoid sharing personal information
  • Turn off your video and microphone, unless it’s needed

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