Many parents use italki to find personal teachers to help their children learn a foreign language. The great thing about learning online is that your child can learn from home and make rapid progress with lesson times that suit everyone's schedule!
italki was originally built for adults, but it's very easy for a child to learn on italki. We highly recommend:
Creating a joint italki profile for you and your child.
You contact the teacher first and discuss how your child will learn on italki.
Changing your Privacy Settings.
Teaching your child the basics of online safety.
Creating a joint italki profile
When creating a joint italki profile for you and your child, we recommend:
- Using a username that includes both of you, for example, Bob_and_Jimmy_Smith.
- Using a profile picture that includes both you and your child in the picture.
- Writing your "About Me" profile description about yourself, rather than your child.
We recommend that only parents contact italki teachers, this includes:
- Searching for a teacher for their child and making initial contact.
- Speaking with the teacher to understand how their language lessons work.
- Scheduling language lessons on behalf of their child.
- Purchasing italki Credits.
Changing your Privacy Settings
We recommend changing your Privacy Settings and making sure that:
Change the settings to not allow friends requests.
Change the settings to not be searchable by other italki users for language partners.
These are our recommendations. These changes make it more difficult for your profile to be found by other users. You will still be able to make friends if you choose to.
Teaching your child the basics of online safety
Online safety is a broader issue that every person should understand. There are many things to learn, but here are some basic recommendations.
Never ever post your personal information in a public forum. This includes your email, chat IDs, address, location, etc.
Be extra cautious with people you meet online. They may or may not be who they are representing.
If your child is ever unsure, they should ask you.
If you run into any problems, contact italki support immediately. You can always send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning a language online can be a great experience. If you take a few precautions, you’ll make friends, and get learn about many different cultures through italki. Good luck!