How do I disable social features and mature vocabulary for my students?

Duolingo is a service used by many ages, and every language course is different. This means that there may be interactions and content that you may find inappropriate for your children. But we have great news!

Teachers and parents using Duolingo for Schools to track their student's/child's learning progress can control certain aspects of the student account. For example, they can disable certain “mature” words and prevent those from appearing to their students in lessons. Or protect them from other learners on the website by blocking specific social interactions. Here is what you can do as an educator to control your students' exposure to certain elements of Duolingo (be warned that all of these features are intended to help with learning, and we suggest you explore the features before turning them off). We should make clear that we do not allow swearing, hate speech or pornographic content in general. Find out more in our Community Guidelines.

General social interactions:  

Students can be prevented from posting/viewing the forums and sentence discussions, and sending/receiving public messages on their activity streams. Duolingo does not provide a way for anyone to send private messages.

By default, all students can access everything on Duolingo.

Hiding certain words:  

If this is enabled for your students, Duolingo will hide as many potentially mature words as possible, even if some of these could be harmless. For example, we would hide the word “victim,” because although the word is completely fine on its own, some sentences generated around it may not be. 

Currently, we would hide 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, 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 words are shown to all users. 

How to:

To access these settings, go to your main Duolingo for Schools dashboard page and click on “Settings” on the top menu of the page.



...and uncheck "Enable all words" or the specific social features you wish to hide on the pop-up:



If you do see any behavior or words that warrants 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.

We hope these settings are useful to help restrict more sensitive audiences.