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

Last updated: August 28, 2017

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!

By default, Duolingo for Schools students now have all social features disabled. 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.  

In your classroom's privacy controls, you can:

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 in leaderboards 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 enable/disable social features on Duolingo for Schools:

To access these classroom settings, go to your main Duolingo for Schools dashboard page and click on the classroom box or on the little gear icon on the top right corner of it:

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Select "Privacy Settings"

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...and uncheck all features you want to disable in the pop-up, and then hit "save":

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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!

If you are a student, you can ask your teacher to enable these features, or you can leave the classroom.