Hi! I have 6th graders and of course they have figured out to use Duo as their Social Media platform! They created their own group and were using it as a chat room. I wish there was a way to disable that feature in the "class." Our school does not have any Social Media allowed in the middle school for it is all blocked. Any hints? Or is there a way to disable that possibility?
You can go to schools.duolingo.com, and in the top right-hand corner, hover over your username and go to Privacy Settings. Then, there should be two sections: Social Features and Content Features. Only disable Discussion forum (the discussions) and the Events page (they will be meeting strangers in real life if they click one of the addresses.)
Your problem should be solved. Now your students cannot access the Discussion forum (yeah I know, too bad, but it's for a good cause. Also you'd be helping the Duo Moderators & the Community plenty.)
It's an a/b. I hope the messaging feature built in dies a rapid and painful death. I am shocked and upset that they are even testing it. :C I can't help but wonder if it's on the table because our previous global head of community doesn't work at Duolingo anymore. I'm pretty sure she would have objected to the safety risk this introduces to our younger community members.
I didn't realise this. It also seems to stand in contradiction to DL's justification of excessive server load for getting rid of public streams. If server load is no longer a problem (which is presumably the case if people can have unlimited hidden messaging in clubs), I wish they would only enable streams (which still work) instead, and everyone would be happy.
I don't know if it is unlimited. And, my impression of the Activity streams was that it was crashing the new code. Duolingo was going to replace it with a different communication feature. But, once Activity stream was gone, the amount of cyberbullying happening here dropped by a TON. Then more time than I expected went by. So, I thought maybe the drop in harassment caused them to reconsider things. But, then this a/b test popped up and well, anyhow, now there is a concerned bunny. :(
I'm sure that if cars were banned then there would be a great drop in accidents and deaths due to dangerous driving. However, cars are of vital practical importance to people, and so is the ability to communicate with others when learning a language. Sensible policies can minimise harassment just as enforcement of the highway code reduces car accidents. Completely removing an important feature just being a tiny minority were abusing it, however, is a case of utterly losing sight of the wood for the trees.
Duolingo should be focused on enabling people to communicate freely and safely, not obsessing over eliminating all bad behaviour at the expense of other things that are far more valuable in toto.
Of course, DL's express marketing of itself to school means that precautions need to be taken; a very simple one might be requiring a user's age at signup and withholding certain communication features if it is below a certain limit. Or perhaps making it such that users below that limit in the same classroom can only communicate with each other. There are plenty of possible routes whereby legitimate concerns about children's safety can be ameliorated that still provide for the vast majority of users here to communicate freely amongst ourselves.
I wasn't clear in my comment above. I forget that, though there has been an ongoing theme in my comments about messaging features outside of the forums over the years, not everyone is familiar with it. I do care about cyberbullying. However, there is something I am even more concerned about, it is adults being able to contact children in private. When staff removed the Activity stream and mentioned replacing it with something else, this is the comment I left them:
;Please keep social messaging public if you are planning to add it back in some form in the future. The ability to see what others were writing to each other helped boost safety in this mixed age environment.
For absolute clarity, I am against any sort of private messaging ability and no exceptions for moderator to contact general users. After all, there are no background checks for any of us.
Thanks for the communication!
That same concern is what's driving my discomfort with the club's a/b.
This isn't about protecting young people from profanity. I think profanity filters are a waste of resources to try to build on a multi-lingual platform. Just ask the Swedish course. One of their numbers keeps getting people's comments auto-removed in discussions. :P Resources spent on profanity filter's though aren't my resources. Staff can do as they like with those. But, the safety of our younger community members should be a concern and responsibility for all of us.
Garpike, as much as I've been relieved to see a drop in cyberbullying, I'd gladly take a public, casual chat feature similar to the Activity stream over a feature that allows any sort of private messaging to be possible. Sign me up 100% for public over private communication system.
Time to anger the bunny... I don't see what you're so concerned about. I think this new chat feature would be amazing, and I don't see any safety risks whatsoever. Cyberbullying? Sure, there might be some, but moderators should be able to see what people are saying, and there probably would be a swear/curse filter in place.
Hi, here is a Sticky Post on creating settings in your classroom: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24216338
It had been a Sticky Post in the Popular Section, but for some reason, it's now in a different location. If you want to easily refer to it later, click "Follow Discussion" on the upper right corner and you can easily find it later under Discussions in the "Followed" section. :)