Use of Internet resources for Children who have Access to Internet

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Hi - I have an idea AND question(s) :) I know my compassion child has access to internet. First, can I give her an email address for corresponding with me (she is english-speaking, and a teenager). Second, could I record a video of my family telling her hello, save it to a private youtube channel, and send her the link address in a letter? It would be okay with me if staff are present to view the video as well, to ensure content is appropriate (I mean, I know it would be, but I understand concerns). I think we could be leveraging the use of the internet more in English speaking areas with cheap, easy access (e.g., India).
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Sonja Weeks Oswalt

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http://www.compassion.com/letter-writ...

Why can't I include my address, e-mail address or phone number in my letter?
Your cooperation by not including this type of information allows us to protect your privacy.
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Susan

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Paul is right. We discourage communication outside of the letters through Compassion to help us protect you as a sponsor. We've unfortunately had some really awful situations arise out of direct communications between sponsored children, their families, and sponsors. Simply put: We want to protect you and make sure that your information is secure. 

That said, I don't see anything wrong with the private YouTube channel idea. As long as the content is appropriate, does not need translation, can be viewed by Compassion staff to ensure that it is appropriate for your child, and is one-way communication, this should be fine. You can send the link in a letter. 
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Really?! I am quite surprised. Would this have to be separate from our normal YouTube account? Would this encourage contact outside of Compassion (google+, YouTube comments, etc)?
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Yeah, I'm so surprised! And agree with Lizzie, wouldn't it encourage outside communication???
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Well, I guess the conversation on this is not done yet. I don't see anything wrong with it but I am checking with several people in the organization to make sure. I'll let you all know what I find out. 
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Thank you Susan! Your work and dedication is such a blessing. Merry Christmas!!!! :)
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I don't think that this qualifies as "outside communication" or encourages that. This idea involves one-way communication of sending a video from sponsor to child. It's a little bit like sending a card with a personally recorded audio message on it. The children would not be expected to respond to the video and this does not involve personal contact information. We would be able to monitor all of it to make sure it's appropriate for the child. Because of this, it doesn't pose the same risk for sponsors and children as other forms of communication would. 
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And...Merry Christmas to you!!! Lizzie, you're so sweet. Thanks. :) 
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First, let me say that I love how you all are thinking creatively about interacting with your sponsored child in more personable ways! That's awesome! :)

Second, We don't see anything wrong with it as you have presented it. We would view the video to make sure it is appropriate and this would be one-way communication (meaning that we cannot expect the child to send a video or any response to your video in the letters or otherwise). Also, we can't promise translation of the video, which should be fine for an English-speaking teenager. Lastly, we can't promise that your child will be able to see the video. However, I'm super excited for your child if he/she is able to see such a special video! 
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Thank you so much for your consideration!! I'm very excited. Would it be useful to share the video link with one of the staff here, so that you can use that as a starting point for helping others who may wish to do something similar?

I completely understand it is one way communication. I view it as similar to a recorded greeting card.

Merry Christmas!
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You're so welcome! I'm not sure we're ready to really promote this in the child letters yet but you're more than welcome to send the video link my way. Email to ciinfo@us.ci.org and write "Atttention: Susan" in the subject line. :)

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