Can you turn OFF social interaction on this app? It is NOT appropriate for my 4th grader.
The Duolingo website is intended for ages 13 and up, so it hasn't really been tailored for that age group. (Not that I don't want to see younger people on the website. Duolingo is an amazing resource, and I wish I had had access to it when I was younger!)
I don't use the app, so, I didn't realize there were social spaces on it. But, reading comments it appears they can access sentence discussions. If those sentence discussions are the same ones accessible to the website and you see inappropriate content, please contact a moderator (someone like me, with a green ring around their icon.) It's a little complicated, but if you can enter the website, go to the language forum that matches your course, you will see a tab called "Sentence discussions". From there, type the sentence into the search bar and you should find the discussion from the search results. Once you enter that discussion, snag the URL. Paste it to a moderator's Activity stream along with a short description of the situation and the username's of anyone involved in posting the inappropriate content. If that doesn't work or you don't have the time, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org The drawback is that it will take longer for the material to get removed going that route.
Meanwhle, if you are on the website and wanted to block someone from commenting on your Activity, you can do that. However, you can only block people one at a time. You'll find the instructions here http://i.imgur.com/nbuTLQv.png
I hope that helps!
I believe Android supported this for a while. As for the comment, I was referring to the title of the OP. I don't use the apps much anymore, so I assumed from the title that they were using the app and that they were accessing sentence discussions (because the apps cannot access the main discussion forums on the website.) It's possible that sentence discussion forums are no longer available on any of the apps and they meant website. I'm not sure. But, I hope this helps clarify my post. ^_^
I agree that the phone/tablet apps are going to be the easiest way to go. If you don't have an Android or iOS device, then maybe you could look into emulators? http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/iosapps/how-run-ipad-iphone-apps-on-mac-or-windows-pc-3512222/
There's always the option of doing Duolingo together, or otherwise supervising them. I know it's not always practical to be there, and you shouldn't have to watch them like a hawk, but developing that sort of smart internet savvy-ness is something every kid needs to develop with a safe adult.
Does your parental controls software include the ability to whitelist and blacklist URLs? I think blocking "https://www.duolingo.com/translations", "https://www.duolingo.com/discussion", and "https://www.duolingo.com/comment" should block the social aspects.
I am talking about the iOS app. It is recommended by my son's school. But, I just found out that they follow each other, email each other, etc... I do not think my son's school is aware of the interaction that is taking place ("how old are u?", "do you like kissing?", etc...)
That type of behavior is definitely not cool! :(
Definitely report any type of belligerent or inappropriate behavior to Duolingo and they will swiftly investigate and take action. If you take a look at the community guidelines you can see that they do not condone this behavior in any way. You can see the rule which is specifically against what you have mentioned as the first rule under "Please do not use Duolingo to..."
If you create a classroom at schools.duolingo.com and add your children as students, you can disable social features for them.
How do I add students to my Duolingo classroom?
How do I disable social features and mature vocabulary for my students?
Thank you. I just set this up and noticed two things: 1) Each classroom seems limited to one language to learn (and from one known language). This means I'll have to setup many classrooms for the languages my children are interested in. 2) https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/206574163 doesn't explain where to find the settings for a classroom. You need to go to https://schools.duolingo.com/ , select the classroom, select Classroom Settings, then select Privacy Settings
I'll report back once I see if social features are actually blocked.