Duolingo is committed to ensuring the safety and privacy of all users, especially our student users.
Although Duolingo does record things like clicks and mouse movements to learn more about how to improve the experience of all users, we do not record or share personally identifying data. Should users choose to delete their account, we do not keep their data.
Policies Created to Protect Students
Although a name is required to register a Duolingo account, students are not required to use their legal name. Should you wish for your students to remain anonymous on the app, you may consider utilizing classroom code names or student numbers to maintain privacy.
While there is a place to enter a student’s birthdate, it is not mandatory to supply one. If a birthdate is not supplied, Duolingo will default the account to have the most stringent privacy settings, in order to promote student safety.
When a teacher registers their students for Duolingo for Schools, they may provide an optional email address through which their students can retrieve lost passwords or set up reminders to complete their work; however, email addresses are also not required. Teachers wishing to utilize email addresses may opt for district-assigned student email addresses, or even their parents’ email addresses.
Student email addresses can be changed at any time. Learn more about what Duolingo does with students’ personal information here.
If a teacher wishes to register their students without listing their age or email, they must create accounts for their students. Find directions to do this here!
Settings to Help Teachers Manage Digital Classrooms
We have added a number of exciting features to Duolingo for Schools to allow teachers to manage what students are (and are not) able to engage with on the app. Teachers are able to take the following actions to control their students’ Duolingo experiences:
- Enable or disable access to the discussion forum.
- Enable or restrict access to the Duolingo events page.
- Enable or disable the ability to send and receive friend requests.
- Enable or disable mature content, such as sentences that include references to alcohol.
Extra Protection for Our Youngest Learners
We know that “child users” require an additional layer of protection on the Internet. Users are considered “child users” if they fall under the local age of consent for creating online user profiles.
Child users are only permitted to create an account using a parent’s email address and are not permitted to give Duolingo personally identifying information, such as names or ages.
Duolingo for Schools has also implemented additional layers of protection for these users, such as automatically removing mature content from lessons, disabling community features such as discussion boards, and more.
A Commitment to Transparency
We want all learners to feel secure using our platform. If you have additional questions regarding the way we protect your data or that of your students, please contact our Data Protection Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.