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.
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.
I agree, an option that allows students to chat with teachers, but prevents chatting with other students is ideal. I can allow collaboration between students on calls or in other ways. But it would be amazing to limit student chat while allowing owner/teacher and student chats. Emailing isn't the best way.
Some teachers like the facility but I would like the option to turn it off in some cases.
I use Teams for many functions, but I don't wan to use it for meetings or chats. How can disable chat as a client user or at least set it up with a permanent status/away message?
If the feature allows direct message to teacher but not among pupils that will be fine
The controls that are required include: (1) turn off chat for a group of users, (2) grant moderation rights for a group of users to other user(s) - eg, from a Team, an owner (ie teacher) can be given the right to moderate the chats of the members (ie students), (3) grant control to turn chat off/on to a Team owner over the Team members (again, teacher-student use case). Come on Microsoft, your leadership cares about students and educators, we know and appreciate that but the lack of control for Chat will be significantly problematic - bad things happen already with students using chat playing during the classes.
David Zangy commented
anything new with this?
Is it possible to disable chats in whole organization?
Our Recruitment team is evaluating using Teams also for Interviews, but chat and seeing who joined/left if of course not an option.
A setting in Meeting Options would be perfect, but as a start just having a button during the meeting would be great too.
See also: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/40010275-disable-chat-temporarily-during-meetings
If you want to compete with Zoom, organizers of Live Events need the ability to disable or hide chat from attendees. It is a must.
We along with everyone else would like this. If Microsoft wants to compete with Zoom this is a must have, Zoom can do this easily so why can't Teams?
Melanie Berube commented
Does anyone know a way to make it impossible for students during a TEAMS meeting to chat together? I just taught my first ESL class on TEAMS (I used Zoom the two other times but it did not work well) and students kept posting weird or innappropriate comments or images. I had put the link to Quizlet live for students to access it, but then students posted so many things, the others had trouble finding the links. Not to mention one of the parents complained about receiving all those notifications of the constant chatting. Is there a way to keep students from posting in the chat? Because it is extremely problematic. And also anyone knows a way to kick out a student and not have the student being able to log back in? I had to kick out a girl 3 times for bothering everyone in the chat group
Disabling chat during a meeting with a class on TEAMS is really important,,,we want the students to pay attention to the teacher, not chat among themselves. Is there really no option to disable chat during a meeting?
What would be perfect for our school is to disable group chat for each Team but still allow group chat during live classroom sessions. This was the pupils can still chat with the teacher but wouldnt be able to post chat messages in the Team's group area - where we had malicious content posted recently
Napassorn Chayruang commented
I would to apply the policy disable "reply the message back: to the sender for any receiver but the particular receive is still receive any message from other as usual, it is one way communication : receive the message only, can receive a call in, can call out but cannot send any messages back.
Please provide the separate chat function facilities.
Thank you very much.
I can no longer set up Teams meetings from Outlook – as of this evening. No problems before now. When I set up a new meeting in Outlook, after clicking the Teams button at the top I get this message:
We couldn't schedule the meeting. Please try again later