Children under 13

You must be at least 13 to use Kutambua , so if you are 12 or younger, please don’t sign up for an account yourself.

Instead you should ask a parent or guardian to register an account for themselves, in their name, and then learn alongside them until you are old enough for your own account.

Children 13 and over

At Kutambua we think that talking about ideas with other people is a great way to learn, which is why we encourage learning through conversation. As with any online environment where you can talk to other people, it’s important to stay safe and be aware of potential dangers, especially if you’re under 18.

Before you start communicating with anyone, take a moment to think about your existing presence online. It’s a good idea to review the privacy settings on any social media profiles you might have and make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re sharing. What happens if you search for your own name? Do any of the results surprise you?

Here are our top Kutambua privacy tips:

Never share contact details (such as email address, telephone number or Snapchat username) with another user – even if they ask you for them, or they’re an educator

Never share your exact location, whether in comments or on your profile – just your country will do

Be careful not to reveal other personal information about yourself and people you know, such as names of family members, teachers, and friends

Make sure you have ticked the box to stop your Kutambua profile appearing in web search results

Help the community by looking out for and reporting anything you think might not be safe. Kutambua moderators can help by hiding comments that contain personal details once you have reported them



What to do if you’re worried

If you think you’ve made a mistake in a comment and think you might have revealed something you shouldn’t, you can go back and edit your comment or profile at any time.

If you see anything in a comment or profile that concerns you on Kutambua, you can report it to us by clicking on the flag button beneath it, which looks like this: Flag button

You can also click the [support] button at the bottom of any page in a course, or email [email protected] for help if you’re worried about someone’s behavior.

If you think someone is being creepy, for example if they keep asking questions about where you live or your family members, or they ask for your contact details:

Do not reply to them

Press the flag button and report the comment for ‘suspected grooming’ (don’t worry, the person won’t know you reported it)

Contact us at [email protected]  providing as much information as you can

For more information on child safety online please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-safety-online-a-practical-guide-for-parents-and-carers