TutorBloom shares with our tutors and learners the concern for their safety and privacy. Here are several tips that we urge you to observe so as to reduce your risks.
Meeting in person
- If you are going to meet your tutor face-to-face, it's important to meet in a public place where there are plenty of other people around: local coffee shops, patios of local eateries, libraries, etc. While it can be more difficult to find public places conducive to tutoring, this basic safety is well worth the effort.
- Avoid last minute changes to the location. Such changes can put participants in unexpected, uncomfortable or dangerous situations.
- Arrange for your own transportation to and from the meeting location.
- Be sure to keep a detailed calendar of who, when and where you are meeting for your tutoring sessions. It is not being paranoid to let a trusted friend know when you leave your house to go to a session.
- Be aware of local COVID restrictions. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and consider meeting outdoors when meeting someone.
- If you are uncomfortable meeting in person, for any reason, consider meeting online first for a brief session.
- If you are meeting online, it's important to remove personal and private information from your immediate surroundings. Avoid showing anything that would reveal your physical location.
Parents and minors
- If your minor child is meeting a tutor in-person, stay in the general area for the duration of the session. ("In the general area" means you should be able to see the child at all times. It doesn't mean that you have to attend the actual session.)
- If your minor child is meeting a tutor online, be in the room for the duration of the session. (This is generally helpful even outside of safety.)
- In either case, discuss the safety tips on this page with your child to help them avoid taking unnecessary safety risks.
Keep your private information private
- In general you should keep your home and workplace locations private. Try to avoid accidental disclosures.
- During a tutoring session, you are likely to disclose certain types of personal information, such as your general frame of mind, general likes and dislikes, academic strengths and weaknesses, and so forth. But avoid disclosing names of friends or family members, where you attend school, or where you work. (We would ask tutors to avoid asking questions around these topics.)
- Do not disclose passwords or other user credentials. Do not give even temporary access to your online accounts to your tutor or learner, or to anybody else for that matter.
- If part of your tutoring session involves screen-sharing, be sure to understand how to do that without accidentally disclosing something personal, either in the camera or on the desktop.
- Background checks increase learner safety. Tutors with an approved background check are clearly marked. You can search specifically for tutors with background checks.
- We highly encourage tutors to get an approved background check to help build trust with potential learners.