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Google Meet

Google Meet is a video meeting app that lets you send written messages and share your screen. It’s designed for businesses but can also be used for personal use. The free version lets you chat with up to 100 people.

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There are no parental controls available on Google Meet but there are some safety features in place that help to keep meetings safe. We would recommend supervising your child when they use Google Meet and reminding them to never share a link to a chat on a public platform or with someone they don’t know.

If your child is using Google Meet for home learning, make sure to check in with their teacher about the school’s online learning policy and what they’re doing to keep pupils safe.

Safety features

There are no parental controls available on Google Meet but they have a number of safety features in place to help keep calls private. These include:

• Only people with a Google account can use Google Meet.
• You can only join the call with a specific link created by the meeting host.
• Each meeting has a 10 characters long code to help stop people who haven’t been invited joining.

There are also additional features available to the meeting host such as muting and removing participants. If your child is using the app for home learning, you should speak to your child’s teacher about what they’re doing to keep pupils safe.

Privacy & location

As Google Meet is a video conferencing app other users will be able to see your face and name when you join a call.

All Google Meet calls are invitation-only and you have to have a Google account to join. This means the person inviting you must have your email address. You should remind your child to never share their email address with someone they don’t know online.

Google Meet has helpful information on how it keeps people safe. Some of the information on this page is quite technical but we recommend reading the safety measures and safety best practices sections.

It doesn’t share your location with other users.

Everyone with a Google account has a profile that can seen by other users who you’re connected to. We would recommend helping your child set up their profile and chatting to them about what information they should include. You can read more about this here.

Reporting & blocking

If your child receives an upsetting message on Google Meet they can report it via the ‘Report abuse’ button.

You can’t block someone on Meet, but if somebody who isn't on the chat invite tries to join, the host has to either admit or deny them entry. Make sure your child knows to click deny for any user names they don’t recognise or anyone they don’t actually know and have not met before.

If other people admit somebody your child doesn’t know, show them how to leave a chat. Exiting a meeting differs if you’re on a desktop, mobile or tablet, so explore how to do it on each device that has Google Meet on it.

Content

We didn’t come across any inappropriate or upsetting content on Google Meet. However, because it’s a video chat and there is a chat box there might be a risk your child could see something that upsets them depending on who they’re talking to.

We would recommend you supervise your child when they’re using the app so you know who they’re talking to.

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Keep chat links private

Remind your child not to share chat links in public, like on social media.

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Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.

You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.

You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

Your child might see something upsetting or receive negative messages from other people on Meet. If this happens, they might want to use the ‘report abuse’ button.

You can report something on Google Meet by using the control panel at the bottom of the screen and selecting ‘More options > Report abuse’.

Take the time to explore the report feature with your child, discussing when and why they might want to use it.

And remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about anything they see online. 

If your child is the host of a chat they’ll be able to mute, pin or remove people from chats.

Explore these features with your child and talk to them about when they might want to use them.

Remind them to not misuse these tools when they’re chatting with their friends because they’re to keep chats safe and friendly.

Remind your child not to share chat links in public, such as on social media. It’s best to keep chats between people your child knows.

If your child is hosting a chat, they can use the deny feature to stop people entering chats they don’t know.

If somebody enters a chat your child doesn’t know, show them how to exit the chat and let them know they should tell you about it.

Google Meet has helpful information on how it keeps people safe. Some of the information on this page is quite technical but we recommend reading the safety measures and safety best practices sections.

We also think it’s useful to talk through the safety best practices with your child.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

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