Online Safety Tips

Last revised on July 01, 2017 Last revised on July 01, 2017 

potatobox community is built on trust and good intentions. But it's always important to take common sense precautions when interacting with new people. When you hire a tutor, you are hiring an independent contractor. You are responsible for researching and overseeing your tutor. 

Meeting in Person 
If a tutor and minor are meeting, a parent should accompany them for the first session. 

When you meet for the first time, choose a public place, such as a library or cafe. 

Whenever you meet in person, tell a friend or family member where you're going and take your (fully charged) cell phone if you have one. 

If you are ever uncomfortable in a meeting, please leave immediately and contact us. Do not worry about giving offense. 

Tutors list a photo, and information about themselves such as education and social media sites. If you do not see enough of these credentials to feel comfortable, feel free to ask for more. 

Keep personal information private 
Never include your personal information such as last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information in initial e-mail messages or communications. Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it. 

We recommend asking for references from past tutoring clients. 

Payments and Online Safety 
Be wary of wiring money, such as via Western Union, Moneygram, or any other wire services. 

Never give out financial or other sensitive information online (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal information, passwords, etc). 

For tutors, we do not recommend accepting cashier checks and money orders. 

For tutors, if a parent or student contacts you with a request that strikes you as odd, unusual, or complicated, email us. And remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a client or tutor makes extravagant promises about payment or hours, be wary. 

Review student feedback 
Before choosing a tutor review the Student Feedback section of the tutor profile page to all ratings, and student reviews from previous customers. You are also free to request outside references from the tutor. 

Have an adult present 
An adult should always be present for tutoring sessions if the student is under the age of eighteen. 

Use Your Best Judgment 
If any interaction, from a profile to an in-person meeting, seems odd, please contact us right away. 

Order a Tutor Background Check 
When you hire a tutor, you are hiring an independent contractor. You are responsible for researching and overseeing your tutor. All tutors are independent contractors - they're not employed by potatobox. So, it's your responsibility to request a background check from the tutor you want to interview or hire. Let me repeat YOU are responsible for the safety of you and your child, not, LLC. So, request a tutor background check

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