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Community Guidelines

Welcome to the TED-Ed Community!

  • TED-Ed exists to magnify the best lessons from excellent educators from around the world. We welcome anyone willing to join us in this pursuit.
  • You are encouraged to view as many TED-Ed Lessons as you wish for free, and to share what you learn with others both online and offline.
  • We are happy to invite you to participate in the TED-Ed community. We are building a mature online community centered around lessons and ideas that matter. Please be aware, when participating, that we will remove:
    • content that does not directly relate to larger discussion in a meaningful way
    • racist, sexist, homophobic, religiously intolerant content
    • disrespectful, distasteful, unconstructive, or illegal content
    • content promoting pseudo-science, conspiracy theories, zealotry, proselytizing, self-promotion, product-hawking, and new-age fluff
    • content written in txtspeak, all-caps, or otherwise lazy grammar
    • content posted by members using joke names or non-names
  • In order to join the TED-Ed community, you will need to create a profile, which will link you to TED-Ed. Anyone 13 and over can join by providing basic contact information (first and last name, email address, country of residence). Once registered, please feel free to set up a profile and join the community by posting compelling ideas, asking challenging questions, and engaging other community members by commenting on existing posts.
  • If you are under the age of 13, you may not create a account, and therefore you cannot actively participate in the TED-Ed community. You're welcome to watch TED-Ed lessons and enjoy the site, but you need to be at least 13 to create an account on
  • If you act disrespectfully, disruptively or illegally in the TED-Ed community (or anywhere on, we reserve the right to terminate your membership, at any time, and without prior warning.
  • We are serious about reading and considering all feedback we receive. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding these Terms of Use, please let us know at

Using the Flag Button

Have you come across a topic you find inappropriate? TED-Ed is keeping an eye out for inappropriate topics, but we can use your help to flag troublesome content. If you see a topic that concerns you:

  • Please click the Flag button on the comment to send us an alert. No comments will be removed or hidden automatically, but TED-Ed staff will be alerted to review it as soon as possible. Other members will not be able to see that you’ve Flagged a comment.
  • Please don’t over-use the Flag button, or Flag a comment simply because you disagree with the author.

How to Avoid Topic Removal

No one likes having their contributions removed from the site. TED-Ed staff don’t like removing content either, but occasionally find it necessary for the overall health of the community. Here are some reasons your topic may be removed

  • Abuse - TED-Ed is not the place for bullying, name-calling, hateful feedback, threats, harassment, intolerance, or virtual violence.
  • Crass commercialism - TED-Ed is not the right place for selling or promoting your product or service. It’s also not the right place for soliciting traffic to your website.
  • Spam - Any spam messages will be deleted.
  • Inappropriate - Whether it’s unrelated content or it’s derailing a conversation, topics posted that are not appropriate will be removed.
  • Inappropriate language - TED-Ed is not the right place for chat-room banter, text-speak, or combative posturing.
  • Privacy concern - If your comment divulges private information (including telephone numbers, mailing addresses, or ways to physically contact you) about you or another person, it will be deleted.
  • Response to an inappropriate comment - Please use the Flag button instead.
  • Terms of Use violation - We will remove any topic that violates the Terms of Use.
  • Other - TED-Ed is not the right platform for pseudo-science, zealotry, personal requests, proselytizing, or self-promotion.

If your topic is removed by TED-Ed staff, please consider working with us to revise your content until it is appropriate for the community. Please don't harass or threaten the staff; doing so will risk removal of your account.

Again, welcome to the TED-Ed Community! Thank you for taking the time to read through this guide; we look forward to seeing your contributions to the TED-Ed community!