Inappropriate ads in duolingo
I support the idea of showing ads in the duolingo app to support the website. But yesterday when my 10 year old nephew completed his lesson, he was shown an ad named UC news with images and headlines suggesting sex. You have chosen adchoices as an advertising partner. It means you no control over the ads that are being shown. It does not bother me as I am an adult. But you are focusing on teaching duolingo in schools. There should be some kind of check on the ads being displayed.
I think you'll need to report this directly to them rather than here.
They have said that ads won't be shown to school children - I have always assumed that if you are in a Duolingo classroom, then you won't see the ads. Though children in general (not in a Duolingo classroom) would, since the software doesn't know you are a child.
Is your nephew in a Duolingo classroom?
[Note: By classroom I mean the feature within the schools part of the Duolingo]
Aren't the adds targeted to the user by hes profile (what google search he did, what he browsed and so on)? At least I constantly get adds that are very related to what I have searched and browsed daily. I doubt it randomly prompts me adds about programmer job recruitment sites or other programming related merchandise. If this is the case I would suggest to try monitor what your nephew does with hes phone.
But whatever the case is Duolingo has now to face the big downside of putting adds in their app and thus loosing control about what their app might display to the users. Why there is no possibility to buy an add-free version of the app for a moderate low price?
Haha! I am not a native speaker. So, I am not really good at expressing my thoughts with right words and correct grammar. I meant the news headlines shown in the ad were suggesting sex crimes. And the images were suggestive too. I didn't say that the ads were some kind of porn advertisement. Still inappropriate for a child.
For me, I have seen no ads at all on this website. A few months ago, Duolingo said they were going to add ads to Duolingo, but I never got them, probably because I use the online version. For the people that do have this pop up, I would suggest telling Duolingo about this through the Report abuse guide in the Guidelines.
I don't like seeing ANY ads, because you never know what can show up. For example, I play a safe, appropriate game made by EA, and I can end up with a very inappropriate ad of another game made by EA. So I have adblockers to keep even myself from seeing something I cannot un-see. I never get any ads now (Unless I purposely click "Watch Ad" so I can get extra things, but almost always, I get a black box that vanishes in half a second). I'm on iOS, so I use AdBlock, ADmosphere, and Weblock.
Although having those are great, that is besides the point. I agree with you, if there are going to be ads, they should be safe ads. I know some kids that use Duolingo to learn, they find it fun and they learn so much. I don't want them to see something like that.
It would be nice if Duolingo sorted it’s ads for different audiences. In order to do so, Duolingo should let people select their age ranges. (Such as Younger Child(elementary level- or ages 0-10), Older Child (Middle School- or Junior High- or ages 11-13), Youth (High School- or ages 14-17), Adult (ages 18-60) and Senior (ages 60+).)
I hope by sorting ads, it would help appropriatize ads for everyone. Also, I would suggest Duolingo to pre-watch the ads before releasing them to age groups for safety reasons.
This is just a suggestion. Dear Duo, it is perfectly okay to edit the age ranges but I only posted those as examples.
I suggested age ranges due to the fact that Duolingo is generally a safe place to learn languages without the feeling of it’s users being stalked and being robbed by their information.