How do I disable/enable social features and mature words for my students?

Last updated: August 31, 2020

Duolingo is a service used by many ages, and every language course is different. As a teacher, you can edit Duolingo for Schools privacy settings to your preference. If you find your students are mature enough to interact with adult language learners from all over the world, these social settings can be enabled. Or if you prefer, these can be disabled. Once a classroom is created, social settings are automatically enabled. 

We should make clear that we do not allow swearing, hate speech or pornographic content in general. Find out more in our Community Guidelines.  

Enable Discussion Forum:  

Students will be allowed to post/view comments and posts in the forums and sentence discussions.    

Enable Events Page:  

Students will be allowed to view the Duolingo Events page, which allows Duolingo users in a certain location to get together in public places, in real life, to practice languages.   

Enable Social Profile:  

Students will be able to "follow" or "friend" each other and other Duolingo users, so they can compete against each other and visit each other's profiles.  

Enable all words:  

If this is enabled for your students, Duolingo will show potentially mature (but harmless) words. For example, we would show exercises containing the word “victim,” which was hidden because although the word is completely fine on its own, some sentences generated around it may not be. 

Currently, this would enable words such as: alcohol, attack, beer, blood, death, drug, violence, bomb, addict, murder, war, wine, etc.

Note: We realize that 99% of Duolingo learners think these words are completely fine and should be shown to everyone by default, but some schools will not permit the use of Duolingo without some parental controls, and some parents would like to not have to discuss certain things with their very young children before they reach a certain age or level of maturity. Please be reminded that this does not mean the student will never be exposed to these words outside of Duolingo, or that they will never have the opportunity to learn them elsewhere in life. By default, all mature words are hidden to all Duolingo for Schools students.   

How to:

To access these settings, go to your main Duolingo for Schools dashboard page and click on the classroom you want to edit (or the little gear icon on the top right of the classroom display box).



Select the "Classroom Settings" option:


...and check the specific social/mature features you wish to disable or enable in the pop-up:


Remember to save. If you do see any behavior or words that warrant escalation to Staff (see Community Guidelines) please let us know as soon as possible by filling out this form (make sure you select "Report abuse"), and we'll take the appropriate action based on your report.