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G Adventures becomes “ChildSafe” Certified

At World Travel Market in London on November 5, G Adventures, a Canadian travel company, became the first global travel company to earn the designation : “ChildSafe Certified.”.

Why?

Increases in experiential travel, community tourism and social media use have collectively driven small-group tour operator, G Adventures, to lead the charge in educating people about how to interact responsibly with children when they travel.

How?

Many of the guidelines may surprise well-intentioned travelers.

Top tips include:

Photos – Be considerate and don’t take photos with children without their parent’s or guardian’s permission; don’t name or geotag children in social media posts, as this can make them susceptible to trafficking and desensitize them to strangers.
Classrooms – Interrupting a lesson is never okay. There are better ways to learn about local life than school classroom visits. If you are not qualified to teach a class in your hometown, or wouldn’t walk into a class of children you don’t know to take pictures, don’t do it in another country.
Handouts and gifts – Small gestures, however well-meaning, can lead to harmful long-term impacts such as the encouragement of begging and dropping out of school. This leads to a cycle of dependency and poverty. Instead, donate to local organizations that help youth and their families.
Safety – if you see a child in a situation that just doesn’t seem right, do the right thing and report it right away to guides or local authorities. ChildSafe also offers a report line at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Taking selfies with children without parental consent, geo-tagging their location on social media, visiting school classrooms, and giving money and gifts to directly to minors are all potentially harmful activities that well-meaning travelers should stop doing, cautions the campaign in a new video and child welfare code of conduct card that are now available on the G Adventures website.

 

Source: Adventure Travel News
 

 

   

 

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