Child safety

Children under 13

You must be at least 13 to use FutureLearn, so if you are under 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 FutureLearn 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 FutureLearn 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 FutureLearn profile appearing in web search results
  • Help the community by looking out for and reporting anything you think might not be safe. FutureLearn 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 FutureLearn, 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 moderators@futurelearn.com for help if you’re worried about someone’s behaviour.

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:

  1. Do not reply to them
  2. Press the flag button and report the comment for ‘suspected grooming’ (don’t worry, the person won’t know you reported it)
  3. Contact us at moderators@futurelearn.com, providing as much information as you can

If someone is being creepy outside of FutureLearn, please see the Think U Know website for more advice.