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Zoombombing Guide

Zoombombing is when an individual (invited or uninvited) joins a Zoom meeting and uses their video, audio, or screen sharing, to share unwanted content during the session. This emerging form of trolling is meant to disrupt and interrupt meetings and classes.

How to Prevent Zoombombing

  • Share Zoom Online Class Policies with students.

  • Use a unique URL that is not posted in public places, social media, etc. Avoid using your personal meeting ID that could be well known. See the Scheduling meetings tutorial for more information.

  • Require a password to sign in to your Zoom session.

  • Require all students to sign in with their first and last names as listed on the roster.

  • Use the mute button to avoid unwanted sharing. See the Mute and Unmute All tutorial for more information.

  • Remove a participant from the session. In the participant's menu, mouse over a participant's name and then click Remove. Next, click Lock Meeting to prevent them from returning to the meeting.

  • Lock the meeting after all participants are in the Zoom session. When you're in the meeting, click Participants at the bottom of your Zoom window. In the Participants box, click Lock Meeting to prevent new participants from joining, even if they have the meeting ID and password.

More Aggressive Suggestions

  • Enable the Waiting Room feature. See the Waiting Room tutorial for more information.

  • Limit screen sharing settings. Click the arrow next to Screen Share. Under Who can share? click Only Host.

  • Disable file transfer to eliminate the possibility of digital file-sharing. For step-by-step instructions, see the In-Meeting File Transfer tutorial.

  • Disable Chat in a Zoom meeting.

Employ Classroom Management Strategies

The Classroom Management in Zoom page provides best practices and settings that serve as classroom management for Zoom virtual classrooms. The majority of these recommendations will help you manage large classes unless otherwise noted.

Students, faculty, and staff who are impacted by protected class (race, sex, gender, sexual identity, religion, or national origin) misconduct during Zoom sessions should review the Student Code of Conduct and are referred to equity@k-state.edu for supportive resources and reporting options.