At Withlocals, the safety and protection of local communities are super important to us, especially the kids in those local communities. That is why we have created these guidelines to ensure guests and hosts are equipped to respect & protect children in the local communities.
Kids are not a tourist attraction, it's important to discourage guests from taking photos of locals without the permission of the locals.
👩🏫 Classrooms & Orphanages
Classrooms and orphanages are not tourist stops; this is a place to protect, and educate children. Visiting these spots is disruptive to the kids, so it's important to avoid visiting these places altogether.
It's best to avoid handouts to kids as it can get them in the habit of missing school to reach out to tourists for money. There can also be times where adults are forcing the kids to beg for them. It is better to give money to a trusted charity that helps children get a better life. Please inform guests to give money to a trusted charity instead of to children begging.
If you see a child in an unsafe situation, don't ignore it. Report it to the authorities so that the child can get help. Always ask your local host for advice or if they can call themselves if you're together. If you are aware of any sexual exploitation or abuse of children, act immediately to help protect the child.
DO's & DON'T with Children when you travel
✅ Treat kids with respect
✅ Help kids out if you see they're in a dangerous situation by calling the authorities
✅ Ensure guests ask permission for photos
✅ Respect the local laws and traditions
❌ Do not visit any classroom or orphanage as it disrupts the children
❌ Don't offer handouts to kids, support a charity instead
❌ Never mistreat any child or act in a way that can be perceived as that
❌ Never be violent physically or sexually to any human or child
❌ Don't allow photos of kids to be taken without permission.
❌ Never develop any kind of romantic/sexual relationship with a child both in person or online