In order to help protect the privacy, dignity and personal safety of every sponsored child, World Vision has developed the following guidelines in line with our Child Protection Policies.
Displaying photos of your sponsored child
Sponsoring a child is a wonderful experience and one we encourage you to share with loved ones. You're welcome to display photos of your sponsored child at your home or personal space at work/business to share your experience of helping a child in need.
Copying photos of your sponsored child
World Vision is required by law and by our own policies to limit the distribution of information and images of sponsored children. As a child sponsor, you may enlarge a photo of your sponsored child to display it at home or your personal space at work/business, along with basic personal information (name, age and country only), but you'll need our written permission, which you can request by calling 13 32 40.
If you sponsor a child as a part of a group, you can make additional copies of the photo to give to each financially contributing member of that group. Once again, though, you'll need our permission, which you can request by calling 13 32 40.
Child-safe sharing online: How to protect your sponsored child
Sponsoring a child is a wonderful experience and one we encourage you to share with friends and loved ones. You might inspire someone else to change a child’s life!
In most cases you are welcome to share updates, photos and videos of your sponsored child and their community via social media. But we do ask you to make sure that the information you share respects your sponsored child, protects their privacy and keeps them safe.
Follow these simple steps before you get started.
Step 1: Check if your sponsored child lives in a restricted country
Some countries prefer that you don’t share your sponsored child’s photos and videos online for child protection purposes. If your sponsored child lives in one of these areas, it will be noted under their photo on your My World Vision page. Even though you can’t share photos and videos of your sponsored child, you can still share community photos and videos.
Step 2: Check what you can share online
If your sponsored child does not live in a restricted country, you are free to share this information online:
- child and community photos and videos, as long as they don’t contain landmarks that reveal you sponsored child’s location
- excepts of letters and cards from your sponsored child that don’t include their last name or address
- your sponsored child’s first name, age and country
- what language they speak, their hobbies and chores, and their grade level at school
- your sponsored child’s general health status (excluding sensitive details) and their parents’ first names and occupations
Sharing some types of personal information can threaten the privacy and safety of your sponsored child and their community. For this reason we don’t include last names, community names or locations or any other information that might identify the location of sponsored children on our website. We ask you to do the same when you are sharing your sponsorship story online.
Please don’t share this information online:
- your sponsored child’s surname and sponsorship ID number
- surnames of your sponsored child’s parents
- your sponsored child’s address or school name and address
- community village/name
- your sponsored child’s height and weight, specific medical conditions or disabilities
- your sponsored child’s religion
These things all reveal too much about your sponsored child’s identity and location and could place them at risk.
Step 3: Start sharing your sponsorship story
Log in to My World Vision and start sharing your sponsorship story with friends and family.
Do you have a question or need more information? Send our team a message or call 13 32 40.
Promoting World Vision child sponsorship
We welcome those who wish to help us find new sponsors. On our web assets you'll find banner ads and clickable links that you can download and place on your website to encourage others to sponsor a child.