What should I do if my Child contacts me on Facebook?

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Haley, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Operations

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Posted 9 years ago

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Brett Goodlin, Stewardship Specialist / Finance Division

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The best option for you right now is to ignore the request.
That is hard to do, especially with the possibility to contact your child directly.

However, this can put you as the sponsor at risk since we are no longer able to protect your privacy, as well as the privacy of your sponsored child. The children and their parents are aware that they should not try to contact their sponsor outside of the safety of the Compassion program and by doing so could jeopardize the child's ability to continue to be enrolled in the program.

This stinks, I know. One of my sponsored children has tried to contact both me and my wife on Facebook. It was hard, but it is important for us, as sponsors, to respect the protective guidelines in place and set a proper example for the children we sponsor.

For more explanation, you can check out a great blog article on this topic.
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BethK

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The boy I support from Columbia friend requested me on Facebook. Have others reported this as happening? I accepted without really thinking it through and am interested to see how the communication goes between us. Does CI have a stance on this? I was quite surprised to have heard from him in this way but thought this could be a good way to communicate with him. But now there is no monitoring of our communication. Any thoughts?

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Communicating via Facebook with child.
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Kimberly Warren

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@Beth, look at the comment above.
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BethK

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Thanks for the reply. Good advice that I hadn't thought of.
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Layan Margaret Kaileh

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My sponsor childs family have found me on facebook and have messaged me as well. Are there any restrictions on responding?

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Connecting with sponors child family through facebook.
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Lane

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Mine is just sending me messages, but I reported it as spam. Is this the right thing to do?
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Shaina Moats

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It's hard, but it's best to just ignore them. Keep strong! It's best for the both of you.

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