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Not old enough to do math

Hello brilliant.org,

Having to be at least 13 to do math problems is depressing. I may potentially work with a middle school math club next year and I'd only be able to have half of them use your lovely site.

It feels like a "CYA" move since there is obviously nothing age-inappropriate about math problems.

Granted I don't know the legal realities you have to deal with. But is there any hope here? Can you just disable all social features for them?

Note by Kevin Bourrillion
3 years, 4 months ago

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Hi Kevin, there are a few possible workarounds:

  • You can have the students' parents create an account for the student to use.
  • The parents can email us to approve account creation for their child, and we can create an account for the student. If you would like us to do this, let me know and I'll put you in touch with my colleague who handles that.
  • We are working on joining a pilot program that would allow us to sign up students under 13. It is going to take another couple of months to get approved, but that may happen before the start of your math club.

Happy to hear we may be useful to your math club! Suyeon Khim Staff · 3 years, 4 months ago

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@Suyeon Khim I dunno as son of a law professor I laboriously read over all terms/services and it says the minimum age is 14. :P Finn Hulse · 3 years, 4 months ago

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@Finn Hulse That might be a typo. Will look into it, thanks. Suyeon Khim Staff · 3 years, 4 months ago

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@Suyeon Khim I don't think so because it's repeated multiples times ahem @Bradan Litzinger. :D Finn Hulse · 3 years, 4 months ago

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@Suyeon Khim Hello! Did this "pilot program" happen, I wonder? Kevin Bourrillion · 3 years ago

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@Kevin Bourrillion Hi Kevin, we were recently approved for the pilot. I believe it will take us a few weeks to get through the certification process, and I'll (try to remember to) update this thread when it's complete. Suyeon Khim Staff · 3 years ago

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@Suyeon Khim Update? :-) Thanks! Kevin Bourrillion · 2 years, 9 months ago

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@Kevin Bourrillion The process is excruciatingly slow, since the penalties for violating these laws are severe. We are nearing a possible solution. Silas Hundt Staff · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Suyeon Khim Oh, wonderful! Thanks!

Is there any support for the "coach : student" relationship here, so I could check if they're doing their "homework"? Kevin Bourrillion · 3 years, 4 months ago

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@Kevin Bourrillion @Kevin Bourrillion -- we're working on a prototype for exactly this. Send me an email at silas@brilliant.org if you'd like to see what we have so far. I'd really love your feedback. Silas Hundt Staff · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Kevin Bourrillion The closest thing we have to that right now is that you could check each student's Activity feed, but that's not particularly convenient if you have a big group. Do you have a simple feature set in mind that you would like to see implemented?

We don't have anything planned for classroom support specifically, but if there are general ergonomic things that might be useful for everyone, we're open to suggestions. Suyeon Khim Staff · 3 years, 4 months ago

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