Topic moderation lets you approve videos and comments sent by students before they're active in your topics. Only you, your co-lead, or the student who submitted the video can review it.

Important: When you're ready to activate a video or comment, you can manually approve them.

Turn topic moderation on or off

When you turn on topic moderation, all videos and comments are automatically posted as "Hidden" until you make them active.


  • If videos and comments were posted before you turned on "Moderate videos and comments," they continue to show up to students. Learn how to hide a video or comment.
  • Even if you turn on "Moderate videos and comments," students will be able to edit their video details or delete their video from their My videos on their profile page.
  1. Go to and log in.
  2. At the left, in your groups home, select the group that has the topic you want to edit.
  3. At the right of the topic, click More More.png > Edit_pencil.png Edit topic.
    • Note: To create a new moderated topic, in the top right, click +Topic.
  4. At the top right, click the Settings tab Settings.png.
  5. Below "Topic Status," turn Moderate student activity on or off.
  6. Notice the moderation message changes:
    • "Moderation is on. Responses and comments will stay hidden until you approve them."
    • "Moderation is off. Turn on moderation to approve each response and comment for your topic."
  7. Click Update topic.

How students know a topic is moderated

When a topic is moderated, your students can find a label in multiple places or get different reminder messages depending on what they do.

  • “Moderated topic” label: This label shows up on the topic’s page, above the topic's name. Students can also find it at the top right of the comments section for any video posted in the topic.
  • Video message: After a student posts a video, a message says that only educators and co-leads can view the video until educators activate in the topic. The message shows up:
    • Before they post the video: In the “Post video” screen.
    • After they post the video: When they click “Go to topic.”
  • Comment message: After a student tries to post a comment, under their name where they typed the comment, a message says the topic is moderated and the comment has to be activated before it shows up.

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