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As a parent, how can I stop my underage child from being followed by tons of people?

Hi - We love DuoLingo, but tons of people seem to be following my son and sending him e-mails and notes, which all go to my (parent) account. Is there a way to stop this deluge?

June 29, 2014



rowan32 The only way you get followers is if you post stuff for them to follow. The only way you get emails is if you post your email address or if you ask to be notified about responses to comments that you have made when you make the comment . The only way you get notes is if you look in your activity column.

Tell your son to stop posting your email address. Set up a dummy email account for him that you can monitor and let him post all the spam bait he wants. Go into Duo profile and you will notice that there is a capability of making public your name, email address, biographical info and a one click button to post it all to a facebook account. Like most Facebook users, your son has undoubtedly gone to some trouble to make it as easy and attractive as possible for people to see him on facebook. Do something about that. Also go into Notification located under your account user name on the Duo home page and turn off all the positives that your son has likely activated.

..........Basically you have to decide what it is you are trying to do with your son. You aren't getting a lot of email because of Duo. You aren't getting a lot of email because of your son. You are getting a lot of email because you aren't monitoring what he is signing up for but insisting that the results of his unmonitored online activities come to you. He wants spam (especially if you have to deal with the negative stuff), he wants followers, he wants notes, he wants comments, he wants likes, he wants what he has come to believe is social recognition. You want to stop it. That is something you and your son have to work out.

All Duo can do is stop some of the automatic stuff that your son has initiated but no one can stop him from posting your email address in other ways. Or posting a comment on this discussion page and clicking on the green follow discussion button in the top right hand corner.


if you do ANY immersion activity-- which duolingo keeps telling us they want us to do, then we get LOTS of followers.........and then any time we translate a sentence, they are right on top of us ......

I don't think any of us should be required to have followers without knowing about it and agreeing to be followed by the person


Hi rowan32, it is possible to edit the profile to append a message under "Full Name" (See my profile for example). Just have them login, hover the mouse over the username where it appears in the blue bar at the top of the screen, click "settings" (first) and then "profile".

Maybe just put a note of "I am very busy so I will not be doing follow-backs or replying to messages from people who post on my Activity." Additionally, you have the option of blocking anyone who messages and/or follows via Activity.

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I hope this helps!


I keep asking how to block followers- and am told we cannot do that- anyone can follow us and we cannot prevent it-- yet you say that there is a way to block a follower-- how?


You can also unsubscribe from all messages under your Profile-Settings. Unfortunately, there is no way to set an account to "No followers" yet.


Great idea, these predators are sneaky and love to befriend kids of all ages on the internet. Personally, I would tell my son not to speak to men on here, period. I have daughters (in college now) and that worked well for them growing up. I just told them to always assume male strangers with a propensity for unsolicited communication on the internet ALWAYS have a personal agenda. Anyone who argues your initial question is likely of those with a personal agenda.



The comments and notes etc. that rowan32 is talking about are not unsolicited. The son invites them. The problem is that rowan32 has organized it so that they all go to him/her which he/she finds tiresome.

rowan32 has three options to deal with the responses to the activities of the son. Stop directly monitoring the activities and redirect the responses back to the son. Convince the son to stop generating the responses. Request that Duo organize itself so that no matter what the son does there will be no responses.

All of this has nothing to do with unsolicited, unwanted responses from potential predators. Your suggestion that anyone who tries to identify what rowan32 's real problem is as part of finding a solution is likely a male predator, is less than helpful.


On his device, go to Duolingo website and request desktop view of the site, click on his profile picture, click settings, go to privacy settings, and un-check the box next to "make profile public" after that, his profile will not be shown to other users, therefore nobody can follow him.

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