Teachers who zoom classes, what’s the most disturbing thing you’ve seen on a student’s zoom?

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Lots of arguing. Lots of lonely kids. Lots of kids taking care of younger siblings, all alone. Lots of kids who are in a different place every day.

k1wyif

Nothing really disturbing, but very eye opening about how different lives can be. I’m continually surprised at how LOUD some of the houses are. TVs blaring, music on full volume, people screaming non stop, all while the student is sitting placidly (seemingly) paying attention to me.

Zuzublue

Not so much disturbing as much as a potentially gross situation: An uncle decided to undress on camera while his nephew was in class. I very quickly called for cameras off and heard the 12 year old kid say “Uncle Dave, what the fuck bro? I’m in class!” It’s mostly loud houses, a lot of swearing from parents, TVs blasting in the background, and the smoke alarms. THE SMOKE ALARMS!! The constant chirping drove me nuts. Edit/note: Uncle Dave is mentally disabled.

BumblingGazelle

seen: Naked grandma slowly limping through the background. Fortunately since I was screen sharing I don’t think anyone else noticed. Either that or these 10 year olds have the best poker face ever. heard: In the background at FULL volume; “Well you tell that mother FUCKER that the next time I see him I’m cutting his BALLS off!” I couldn’t get the student muted in time. She sat there totally stoic about the whole thing (and her home life was already on our radar) but there was a second or two of silence and one kid just goes “That wasn’t school appropriate language at *all*”

ichigoli

I am a teacher. We are supposed to require cameras remain on. At the beginning of all this nonsense I did. However its pretty obvious it makes some kids uncomfortable. One kid used to come to class without a shirt. Constantly. I told him he needed to wear one. Another time he changed his pants in front of the camera. Its been dealt with. Respectfully. Another kid (I teach high school) was doing his work and his adult brother walked in naked. Just sort of wandered around the room. Then he just stood there talking to his brother having no idea he was on camera. With 25 kids or more in the gallery it’s difficult to home in on one kid. When I noticed what was going on I just knocked him out of the meeting. I can mute but not shut off cameras. The guy wasn’t doing anything nefarious. Just being a naked older brother. More common is hearing loud relatives arguing in the background. Just the intimacy of being in their homes with them freaks me out a bit. Even though we’re remote. Also I can recognize most kids by their ceiling fans.

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