Terms of Use

This page describes our terms of use.

Welcome to the BBC micro:bit!

Before you start to use the website, here are the key points that all adult users should be aware of.

Internet Safety and Personal Information

With its code editors, the BBC micro:bit website will be a home to the creative endeavours of budding digital champions all over the UK. For this to be a pleasant and safe experience for all children, we need your help in making sure internet safety is a priority. Please don’t include any personally identifiable information within your own coding scripts and any supporting text – and please make sure that any children you’re responsible for, know this too. If you do approve scripts for publication, you must be sure that the text in the coding script doesn’t contain any personal information that could be viewed by anyone visiting our website.
For more information and advice for children on internet safety go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

Teachers' and Educators' Responsibilities

If you’re planning to use the BBC micro:bit with children in your school class, coding club or any other group, you must inform the parents/guardians of those children. Let the parents/guardians know that your child will be using a BBC micro:bit and that you’ll be giving children access to the BBC micro:bit website. We have created a letter which you can distribute to parents. Download parent letter
Children will be able to use the website in and outside of school hours. You are responsible for publishing the content created by the children within school hours. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for their child’s activity outside of the classroom.
You may choose to publish a child’s scripts to make the scripts available on the website for everyone to access. The BBC editorial team may promote published content on the BBC micro:bit website.
There is the option for parents to opt out of the service or to limit the publishing of scripts for their child. If a child’s parent wants to opt out, they will advise you by returning the slip on the bottom of the parent letter.

Parental Responsibility and Consent

We’d be really pleased to see some great code scripts published for everyone to see. If you do not want your child to use the BBC micro:bit service or you would like to limit the publication of their scripts, you will need to opt out. A letter explaining the options is available for download. If you wish to opt out, please sign the slip on the bottom of the letter and return it to your child’s teacher. Download parent letter
As a parent or guardian, you are responsible for your child’s activity outside of the classroom. If you are unhappy with any of the scripts visible, you can report it from the website.

House Rules

Please ensure that you and the children you work with are aware of the House Rules. We recommend that you refer all children to the House Rules and encourage them to discuss anything that is unclear before they are given access to the website.

Terms Of Use

These terms of use tell you how you may use the BBC micro:bit website and any associated software, including all updates, support, and content that display or link to this website. (We refer to these collectively as the “micro:bit services”.)
These terms of use sometimes refer to the BBC as “we,” “us” or “our”.
Reference to “contributions” usually means code or scripts of code but may also refer more generally to derived text, and other content, all of which has been created with the micro:bit services.
Reference to “publication” and/or “publishing” onto the micro:bit services terms of use means publishing a contribution on www.microbit.co.uk by a Publishing Editor.
Any reference in the terms of use to “you” or “your” means all users of the micro:bit services who will be either:
  • a Publishing Editor, meaning an educator (including home-schooling parents who meet the application criteria), club leader, or other adult who is using the micro:bit services via the log-in that they have created from their registration code that the BBC has provided to them;
  • everyone else using the micro:bit services without a log-in that has been created using a registration code that the BBC has provided, which may include:
  • children (anyone under the age of eighteen) creating contributions, who are intended as the primary users of the micro:bit services, or
  • parents and guardians of children using the micro:bit services, who may wish to review contributions and report anything inappropriate for moderation.
Your use of the micro:bit services may be subject to posted notices or codes of conduct as may be added by the BBC where necessary. These notices and codes of conduct are incorporated by reference into these terms of use.
You may use the micro:bit services only if you agree to these terms of use. If you do not agree, please do NOT use the micro:bit services. These terms of use limit the BBC’s liability and disclaim warranties for the micro:bit services as permitted by law. These terms of use also explain how your contributions to the micro:bit services will be used by the BBC. Please read these sections of the terms of use carefully.
Should I read any other information or terms?
Please also read the micro:bit privacy and cookies policy, which explains how the BBC uses any information about you that it receives. The privacy and cookies policy form part of these terms of use. If there is any inconsistency between the privacy and cookies policy and these terms of use, these terms of use will prevail.

1. Your use of the micro:bit services

You may use the micro:bit services only if you:
  • comply with the laws, rules and regulations that a reasonable person ordinarily would when using the internet;
  • comply with the micro:bit terms of use, any codes of conduct or other notices we provide;
  • keep any micro:bit services account password that belongs to you secret; and
  • promptly notify the BBC if you learn of a security or data breach related to the micro:bit services.
In using the micro:bit services, you may not:
  • break the house rules;
  • upload videos or images;
  • engage, or allow others to engage in, facilitate, or further unlawful conduct;
  • use the micro:bit services in an intentionally harmful or disruptive way;
  • misrepresent the source of anything you post or upload, including impersonation of another individual or entity;
  • use any portion of the micro:bit services as a destination linked from any unsolicited bulk messages or unsolicited commercial messages;
  • publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, pornographic, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful information;
  • use the micro:bit services to threaten, stalk, defame, defraud, degrade, victimise or intimidate an individual or group of individuals for any reason; including on the basis of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race or religion; or incite or encourage anyone else to do so;
  • upload, or otherwise make available, material protected by intellectual property laws, unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all the necessary consents to do the same, including, but not limited to, copyright or trade mark laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity);
  • use any automated process or service to access and/or use the micro:bit services (such as techniques like a BOT, a spider, periodic caching of information stored by the BBC or “meta-searching”);
  • use any unauthorised means to modify or re-route, or attempt to modify or re-route, the micro:bit services;
  • damage, disable, overburden, or impair the micro:bit services (or the network(s) connected to the micro:bit services) or interfere with anyone’s use and enjoyment of the micro:bit services; or
  • re-sell or re-distribute the micro:bit services, or any part of the micro:bit services.
In using the micro:bit services (i) you understand that you may create contributions that can be stored locally and which you may choose to share with others and which the Publishing Editor may publish on the micro:bit website; and (ii) you agree that all contributions created by you using the micro:bit services are available for others to:
  • freely use without attribution on a non-commercial basis;
  • share, copy and redistribute the contribution in any medium or format on a non-commercial basis; and
  • adapt, remix, transform and build upon on a non-commercial basis.
In addition, in using the micro:bit services to create contributions, you grant the BBC a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual licence for the BBC to use, reproduce, modify, communicate to the public, create derivative works, display, perform, sub-license and distribute the contributions in any way that the BBC requires.

2. Publishing Editor's Responsibility

Publishing Editors are responsible for ensuring that the parents and guardians of children permit their child to take part and that they permit any publication of their child’s contribution by the Publishing Editor.
Letters to parents and guardians
To ensure that consent is obtained, the BBC has prepared a template letter that Publishing Editors can use for the purpose of informing parents about micro:bit services. Download parent letter
The letter is to ensure that parents and guardians have been given clear information about the activities available to their children and to be sure that they have had an opportunity to opt out of having their child’s contributions published should that be their preference.
If Publishing Editors decide not to use the micro:bit parent letters, then they should still demonstrate that parents and guardians have consented to the following:
For Use of the micro:bit Services:
  • children using the micro:bit services will be able to access the micro:bit services within and outside of school hours;
  • children will be able to program code; compile and transfer code to a micro:bit device; and have contributions published by their Publishing Editor making it available online and to the wide public and all micro:bit users using the micro:bit services.
  • by permitting their child to use the micro:bit services, parents and guardians are accepting responsibility for any contributions made by their child when they are not being supervised by the Publishing Editor.
  • parents and guardians should ensure they have read and understood these terms of use and the house rules;
  • parents and guardians accept that in permitting their child to use the micro:bit services, any contribtions created by their child will be available for others to freely use without attribution on a non-commercial basis; share, copy and redistribute the contribution in any medium or format so long as to do so is non-commercial in nature; and adapt, remix, transform and build upon a non-commercial basis.
  • parents and guardians accept that in allowing the Publishing Editor to publish their child’s contribution on the micro:bit services, they are granting permission for their child’s contribution to be published as follows:
  • by the BBC on a worldwide royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual licence for the BBC to use, reproduce, modify, communicate to the public, create derivative works, display, perform, sub-license and distribute the contributions in any way that the BBC requires; and by all others as described in section 1 of these Terms of Use.
The letter should invite parents and guardians to go to the micro:bit website URL address (www.microbit.co.uk) to familiarise themselves with the micro:bit services and seek answers to any further questions or concerns they may have. If any of the information is unclear to parents/legal guardians, they should email the BBC.

3. For Publishing Editors

How do I register/log in to the micro:bit services as a Publishing Editor?
You can only authenticate as a Publishing Editor through Facebook, Microsoft Live or Office 365 credentials. The first time you do this you will require the Publishing Editor code that the BBC has given you. By providing these credentials, you agree to permit the BBC to use such credentials for the purpose of authenticating your login. Please note that the micro:bit services are not associated or endorsed by any third party social media service. Your use of the external social media service is subject to the terms of the external service including their privacy policies. Please also read the micro:bit privacy and cookies policy, which explains the BBC’s use of any information about you that it receives.
Am I responsible for contributions that I publish as a Publishing editor?
Yes, Publishing Editors are responsible for ensuring that contributions they publish to the micro:bit services do not break the house rules or these terms of use. If you are a Publishing Editor, you must ensure you have checked all contributions before you publish them.

4. How the BBC may change these terms of use

The BBC may update these terms of use from time to time so please review the relevant pages regularly. If you access this micro:bit services, you agree to be bound by whichever version of the terms of use is in force at such time.

5. How can the BBC change or stop making the micro:bit services available to me and what happens if it does so?

Changes to the micro:bit services
We may change the micro:bit services or delete features at any time and for any reason. If we believe the changes will affect your user experience, we will provide information regarding the changes at the point of access to the micro:bit services.
The BBC's right to stop making the micro:bit services available to you
The BBC may stop making all or any part of the micro:bit services available to you with immediate effect and without notice if:
  • you are in breach of the house rules or these terms of use and/or in the BBC’s sole opinion we believe you are using the micro:bit services inappropriately (for instance harassing or causing distress or inconvenience to any other person) or in any way that may constitute derogatory treatment of the BBC or might bring the BBC into disrepute or in a way that might be considered to be prejudicial to the image of the BBC or micro:bit;
  • you breach these terms of use in a way that cannot be corrected, or you fail to correct a breach within a reasonable period of time if the BBC asks you to do so; or
  • there is, in the BBC’s reasonable opinion, any reason why the micro:bit services must be withdrawn.
What happens if the BBC cancels the micro:bit services or stops making the micro:bit services available to me?
If the BBC stops making the micro:bit services available to you, any contributions you have created on the micro:bit services might not be available to you later. You are responsible for taking necessary steps to back up your own data. You may be asked by the BBC to delete data downloaded by you from the micro:bit services to your device(s).

6. Creating and sharing contributions

You can create contributions using the micro:bit services or other applications that may become available as part of the micro:bit services. Publishing Editors may choose whether to make such contributions (limited only to those based on contributions you obtain through the micro:bit services) available online, to the public.
In due course, as part of the micro:bit services, Publishing Editors may be able to submit content such as lessons and tutorials through the micro:bit services for use in connection with contributions.
If you share contributions with others on the micro:bit services, in either public or shared areas, then you understand that those people (like anyone else) may use those contributions.
Please note that in using the services, you agree that your contributions can be made available as outlined in section 1 of these terms of use so be aware that all contributions via the micro:bit services, whether published or not, are created on the basis that they are free for others to use and that no compensation will be paid for their use. Please note that the BBC is under no obligation to use any contributions and we may limit the size or quantity of any contributions or delete them altogether.
The BBC is not responsible for the content of any contributions. Where you are interested in using existing contributions that have been created (and may have been published) on the micro:bit services, the decision to copy, modify, run or otherwise make use of any such contributions is your own.
You understand and will also inform children, that posting personal data, sharing contributions that infringes others’ intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to, copyright, patent or trade mark) is in breach of these terms of use.
Please be aware that the BBC may refuse to publish your contribution and may remove your contribution from the micro:bit services at any time, if it contradicts these terms of use or for any reason. The BBC does not permit uploading of images or video via the micro:bit services. You understand that the BBC does not control or endorse the contributions that you and others post or provide on the micro:bit services. Except for material that we otherwise own and license to you, we do not claim ownership of the contributions that you post or provide on the micro:bit services.

7. Copyright in contributions

Your creation
Any copyright in contributions which are published to the micro:bit services belong to the original creator. If the creator is a child then the copyright belongs to that child.
By providing a contribution to the micro:bit services, you warrant that the contribution is not subject to any rights of a third party (including without limitation, any copyright, patent or trade mark rights of any person).
You confirm that your contribution (including contributions to be submitted by the Publishing Editor) is your own original work or the original work of the child or work derived from the micro:bit website (as applicable) and is not defamatory or unlawful and does not infringe anyone else's rights (including privacy rights) and that it complies with these terms of use. You also confirm that contributions are made in a non-commercial capacity and such contributions do not unfairly promote or further any business activities and have not been contributed for commercial gain.
Respect Copyright
Please respect the rights of creators. Content such as code, pictures, text and video may be protected by copyright. You may not share other people’s content unless you own the rights, have permission from the owner, or such sharing is otherwise legal.
Licence to share your script and content with the BBC and other users
You understand if you publish a contribution to the micro:bit services it will be available for others to use as outlined in section 1 of these terms of use on the microbit website. If you do not want to grant the BBC and all others permission to use such contributions, in accordance with the terms of use, please do not use the micro:bit services.

8. Will the BBC be moderating the micro:bit website?

Any contributions you make may be moderated by the BBC which means they may be reviewed, edited and/or removed. The BBC reserves the right to remove any of your contributions if the BBC believes that they do not comply with the terms of use.
We remind you not to share information that others could use to harm you. We encourage you to be aware of and exercise strict control over content posted online.

9. Links to third party websites.

The micro:bit services may contain links to websites. These third party websites are not under the BBC’s control. If the BBC has included these links in the micro:bit services, we provide them to you as a convenience only. The inclusion of these links is not an endorsement by the BBC of any third party website, service or product. The BBC reserves the right to disable links to any third party website that you post on the micro:bit services.

10. How does the BBC use my personal information?

You can read how the BBC uses your personal information in the micro:bit privacy and cookies policy which forms part of the terms of use.

11. Feedback

If you give us feedback, you give the BBC, without charge, the right to use and share your feedback with other users and online. These rights survive after you stop using the micro:bit services unless you tell us otherwise.

12. Our notices to you;

We may provide information to you:
  • by e-mail at the e-mail address you specified when you signed up for the micro:bit services, or
  • by access to the micro:bit website that will be designated in an e-mail notice sent to you at the time the information is available; or
  • by access to the micro:bit website.
Notices provided to you via e-mail will be deemed given and received on the transmission date of the e-mail.

13. What are the BBC's legal obligations to me and how do the terms limit the BBC's liability?

The basis on which BBC makes the micro:bit services available to you
The BBC does not guarantee that the micro:bit services will always be available or be uninterrupted, timely, secure or free from bugs, viruses, errors and omissions.
The BBC reserves its right to modify, suspend or discontinue all or part of the micro:bit services without giving you any notice.
Any commentary, opinions or other materials included in the micro:bit services are not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.
Types of loss or damage the BBC is not responsible for
The BBC is not responsible for the following kinds of loss or damage which may arise from your use of the micro:bit services:
  • loss or damage suffered by you or someone else when the BBC complies with the terms of use;
  • loss or damage which is caused by the BBC when it does not comply with the terms of use but which the BBC and you could not anticipate nor expect to happen when you started using the micro:bit services;
  • any loss which is indirect or a side effect of the main loss or damage and which the BBC and you could not anticipate nor expect to happen when you started using the micro:bit services, for instance if you lose revenue or salary, profit, opportunity or reputation;
  • any loss of data or damage to your device or software;
  • any loss or damage because of events beyond the BBC's control, such as an act of God, accident, fire, lockout, strike or other official or unofficial labour dispute, civil commotion, decision of the BBC Trust, rule or order or act of Government or other act or event beyond the reasonable control of the BBC.
  • The BBC will not be liable to you for any damages related to the micro:bit services which arise as a result of:
  • content (including code) on third party internet sites, third party program or third party conduct;
  • viruses or other disabling features that affect your access to or use of the micro:bit services;
  • incompatibility between the micro:bit services and other services, software and hardware;
  • delays or failures you may have in initiating, conducting or completing any transmissions or transactions in connection with the micro:bit services in an accurate or timely manner; and
  • claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, guarantee or condition, strict liability, negligence, or other tort.
Nothing in the terms of use excludes or limits either the BBC’s or your liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence or for fraud.

14. Copyright notices

Any content on the micro:bit services that has not been created using the services is © 2015 British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC partners.

15. What happens if any part of the terms of use is found to be ineffective?

If any part of the terms of use is found to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by a court or regulator, then, where required, that part shall be deleted from the terms of use and the remaining parts of the terms of use will continue to be enforceable.

16. Can third parties infer any rights from these terms of use?

The terms of use do not create or infer any rights that are enforceable by any person who is not party to the terms of use.

17. Can I transfer my rights in these terms of use?

You may not assign, sub-license or otherwise transfer any of your rights and obligations in the terms of use to any other person.

18. What happens if there is a dispute arising out of the terms of use?

Any disputes arising out of the terms of use will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales (or the laws of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live there). If you choose to bring proceedings in connection with the terms of use, you must do so in the courts of England and Wales, unless you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, in which case you can choose to bring proceedings there.