Behavior behind ‘Zoom bombings’ needs to be stopped

An email was sent out to students on March 31 stating that SFA implemented safety measures for logging into a Zoom meeting. This was in response to a previous incident during the University faculty senate meeting, which was hacked by people posting inappropriate pictures and videos and spammed the chat with the N-word. In a recent Pine Log article, an SFA professor Dr. Heather Olsen Beal said that there were also people saying the derogatory terms in the meeting and was afraid to use Zoom for her future class meetings in fear that this would happen again. Other universities and high schools are still dealing with these “Zoom bombings” and have implemented security measures. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, a dual-credit meeting for two Kentucky colleges was “bombed” this past Tuesday, April 7 during the question and answer section of the meeting and was immediately shut down before things got worse.

             Although Zoom is a free video-conferencing website, it shouldn’t be treated as a free-for-all tool. Students and professors use this to continue on with classes since everyone has to stay in quarantine. Just because the meetings and classes are in person, that doesn't give an excuse to be rude and share media that does not need to be seen. There still is an unspoken rule of respect to give when attending any Zoom meeting. No matter if it’s a class or a public live stream. What purpose is there to make people not only uncomfortable but also expose them to such cruel and explicit things that no one should witness? Especially with live streams, as was stated in the Pine Log article that Chipotle was hosting a concert and had to end the video as people were posting explicit images. There might have been teenagers in the audience who should not be forced to watch such graphic and horrid things in a space that is supposed to be safe.

             Whoever is participating in the “Zoom bombings,” whether it’s adults or even other teenagers, should think about why this is being done and is it necessary. They need to reevaluate their decisions and think about the long term consequences showing graphic images and videos without the audience’s consent, those who joined the meetings with innocent intentions. People shouldn’t be forced to witness such crude and derogatory behavior while trying to do their best to keep up with school from far away.

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