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- True, you don't want "strangers" entering unannounced, but I'd propose a couple alternatives that would have the same "protections" while giving power to the teen(s) affected:
1. Alert the affected teens that Person X (who is not in their circles) wishes to join the hangout, do they approve? This could of course be very tedious in busy public hangouts so option #2 is probably better,
2. Alert the affected teens that Person X (who is not in their circles) is joining the hangout - do they (the teen) wish to remove their chat history/video/audio from the joiner?
For both options there should be an "Always do this for people who join this hangout I don't know".
This solution gives the teen ample warning, control over their interactions, and doesn't lend itself to abuse by trolls or bullies.
Edit: One point of clarification is that I'm suggesting teens (indeed everyone!) should be able to opt out of sharing their audio/video/chat with someone they don't know who's joined the hangout. Perhaps this can be accomplished already with blocks and mutes but that prevents the teen from listening and viewing someone who is sharing publicly. Opting out in this way would be like whispering to the other people in the group but not to the stranger. Is it rude? Perhaps. Does it empower the teen to control what they show/say to whom? Definitely.Jan 26, 2012
- What I understand from the pic is that the teens are not kicked out but their microphones and cameras are muted to prevent the newcomer from seeing and listening to them. A better way might have been to ask teens for their permission to allow the new comer in in the first place.Jan 26, 2012
- Would be better if this wasn't possible by limiting teens from public hangouts entirely.Jan 27, 2012
- ok ok okJan 30, 2012
- this is just extra...Feb 24, 2012
- Hey this is not his name and he doesnt look like that he has been using my phone to cheat on me and it's sick!48w