Schools are meant to be safe spaces. Online schools should be the same. Their software and apps should also be kept up to date.
As a teacher myself, I’ve been a big fan of Zoom and use it to teach my yoga classes online. The interaction, viewing options, sound, and ease of use made me choose this option.
There have been reports of security issues with Zoom during the Covid-19 situation due to an influx of personal users, which led to unauthorised screen sharing and other issues. Luckily, Prêt à Parler has an in-house mobile security specialist in the form of owner Isabelle Nicolas-Johnson’s husband, Samuel Johnson. He was quick to reassure us that the TLS encryption* standard used to make the Prêt à Parler lessons private is perfectly secure.
*If this means nothing to you – you’re not alone. TLS or “transport layer security” is the same technology that web servers use to create secure connections for e-commerce payments and many other encrypted activities