Option to disable Chat within Teams / Microsoft Classroom.
Schools wish to use Microsoft Classroom / Teams, but the Chat facility is inappropriate for many schools or settings. Provide an option whereby administrators can disable automatic team chat creation and/or turn off chat for teams.
We trialled Microsoft Classroom in a large school. Teams were created using the MS School Data Sync (SDS). Unfortunately the feedback was that the team chat could be unsuitable for many classess, and students could post inappropriate content late at night when the teacher was not moderating.
Please provide a facility whereby the Chat feature can be controlled/turn off by the administrator for selected teams.
Aiden Bond commented
We have bullying, inappropriate messaging, and non-school related messaging during lessons going on via private chat between students. Need to be able to stop them from having that function. Student to Teacher private chat needs to remain possible.
There's currently no way to moderate students private chat and they can also 'hide' their private chats. From a safeguarding perspective, this is pushing us towards pulling out of using Teams completely.
This option should be available to the meeting organizer as well in regular teams.
- 1-to-1 Chat from staff to pupil
- 1-to-1 Call from staff to pupil
- Pupil chat within Team or Channel feed
- 1-to-1 chat between pupils Team or Channel feed
- 1-to-1 calls between pupils
If this can't happen, we need to be able to set it up so that Admin gets a notifcation of every message sent (Yes, I know that's a lot of notifications). Children have to know they are being monitored.
Tom Hayes commented
Or to moderate the chat in a Teams meeting
Needing rush a configuration to block the chat in a meeting.
I have it already blocked for the publication area but inside the meeting it’s just a bothering situation
I would also like this, for the very same reason.
How is this not possible yet?
You can apply a powershell script to disabled chat and calls for students but keep the classroom/channels available and the conversation within there open which the teacher can see.
I can see how K12 needs this feature. I use this in an office, schools are quite different.
In a school setting its important to be able to restrict a lot of things. students should not be able to create their own teams, during class they should be blocked from private chats. it would also be important, that teachers can delete messages which where created from students and so on...
Microsoft Live Q&A allows you to moderate chat before allowing it up on your screen. Students cannot communicate between themselves but can see questions asked by other students only when teacher approves the question or comment to keep everything on topic, almost like them putting their hand up in class. Allows you the option to also reply to individual students who are struggling without highlighting this to whole group. Sessions are recorded like normal Teams so can be re viewed by students
Susan Frappier commented
I LOVE using chat in class. However, the students get carried away. At some point the 'owner' needs to be able to STOP the madness.
James Durrant commented
This is growing in importance. Chat in Channels within a classroom Team is fine (teachers can moderate), and has been very useful. However, unmoderated chat between students outside of a classroom Team is a massive headache. It's this that we need to turned off, or at least be moderated.
Better yet, also, create a way for users to turn off chat on their own accounts. I have telephone, email, and voice mail, and outside of meetings we cant currently have in person, I don't understand the point of Teams, and get tired of being interrupted by chats that should be telephone calls.
Joe Thompson commented
Please create an on/off button that is controlled by admin/owners of the team ONLY. I like the Chat feature, BUT only when we are using it as a feature to share as a class. Too many times it is a distraction to students. If I could turn it off when not using it and on when looking for those answers much of the unnecessary chatting would be avoided.
Yes please. It would be very helpful.
an account commented
oh great, the school board only removes all the interest the students have in social interaction/talking on teams, even with their teachers. sufuckingperb. some students cant even turn in assignments via teams becuse it counts as "chat"
but wait, it just gets better! the meetings (arguably one of the important times) have a very active chat, and the ridiculous ability to mute me. why?
Laura Asher commented
At my school, we would love to have the ability To turn off chat between children as it is disruptive and often turns into inappropriate messages which we have managed but it’s best to avoid. However, that then turns off all students to have the function to chat and we would like the children to be able to send private chat messages to the teacher instead of having to separately email. So it would be great for the students to have the ability to chat privately to the teacher but disable chat function between students.
Kenny Pierce commented
In our classroom settings, this is a request coming at us left and right from teachers. To prevent things like cyberbullying they want to restrict students' ability to chat one to another. Teachers would, however, also like to be able to initiate a one way private chat with the student. That ability is thrown out when the chat policy turns off chat capabilities for the student. They have to resort to texting, emailing separately, etc.
Agreed that this is needed functionality if Teams is to compete in the K-12 education space.
Cathrina Wilson commented
Hi there, I am a resource teacher who pushes into a class but because the teacher has disabled the chat among students, I cannot message the group of students I work with.
on Microsoft Teams, is there a way for her to enable me and my students during the session, while disable the rest of class? We're both trying to figure this out.