Apple’s App Store: Zoom is ranked as suitable for 4 years and up.
Google’s Play Store: Zoom is rated PEGI 3.
Terms and Conditions: Zoom is not intended for use by individuals under the age of 16, unless their account is managed by a school subscriber.
The platform allows users to run meetings, webinars, share files and live chat with others.
- Virtual Features: virtual video break out rooms, whiteboard sharing and live annotation
- Meetings: Zoom’s video chat allows users to talk in HD video, screen share, and whiteboard
- Video Webinars: Zoom allows users to host a webinar and invite up to 100 interactive attendees and have up to 50 camera feeds display at once
- Zoom Chat: facilitates instant group messaging, where users can send text, images and audio
Does Zoom have specific provision for educational settings?
Zoom for education offers you more methods for making sure that your “virtual classroom” is safer. This includes locking your classroom – which ensures that once the lesson has started, nobody else can join. It also contains functions such as waiting rooms, the ability to restrict chat functions, removal of participants and increased security options.
If a child or young person (under 16) is using Zoom for educational purposes you should have asked for parental consent. Despite being designed for adults and users being required to be 16 – these platforms are given an age rating on Apple of 4 and 3+ on Google.
What should you be aware of?