Trust is the key to making it work.

Trust is the key to making it work.

When finding a babysitter or a babysitting job, nothing is more important to the process than trust and safety. Babysits is a community platform and we do our best to encourage the behavioral integrity of our community members. We do this in a number of ways, but the most important are:

Identity Verifications

Both babysitters and parents can verify their identity by adding a government ID, confirming their email address, phone number and connecting other online profiles to their account. You can check the member’s profile to see what information has been verified.

Profile Reviews and References

Get to know babysitters and parents through their profiles, references and reviews. Through references and reviews you can see what other community members have said about a babysitter or parent. You should always ask to speak with their references before your first babysitting appointment.

Secure Messaging

Use our messaging system for communicating with other users. When you communicate on our platform, you benefit from our automated screening which can detect fraud and suspicious behavior. You should only communicate via the Babysits messaging service for your safety.

Community Standards

To encourage and foster a better childcare community, Babysits has created a set of community standards we expect all members to follow. All members agree to the community standards and terms and services when they sign up to the website.

Community standards

Member Reporting

See something, say something. We encourage and make it easy for members to report others who violate our community standards, and we act quickly to respond to these reports.

These are just a few of the ways we work to make your experience on our website safe and trustworthy. We work to monitor our site closely and look to ensure that the jobs and profiles meet our guidelines.

Trust and Safety Tips

Here are a few tips which can help ensure you have a safe and reliable search experience.

  • Communicate through Babysits
    • Don’t include contact information in your profile description for your own safety
    • Use the Babysits messaging service so that your information is kept secure
    • If you communicate within our platform, you benefit from our automated screening that can detect fraud and suspicious behavior.
  • Inspect profiles of users carefully
    • Be wary when dealing with profiles that lack profile photos, have poor profile descriptions, or those without specific preferences. Unfortunately, there are users who may deliberately withhold their information and preferences to present an inauthentic version of themselves.
  • Plan your appointments through Babysits
    • Use the appointment planner to create a clear overview of previous and upcoming babysitting appointments as well as agreed upon babysitting rate and details.
  • Never give out your personal information
    • Never share personal ID documents, your address, email, phone number, or other financial information with those you meet online
  • Always meet before the first childcare appointment
    • Meet with the other individual in person before you work with them.
    • Schedule a meet-up via Babysits in a public place where you can get to know them.
  • Ask for references and any certifications
    • Before you agree to an appointment, always ask to speak to references. These and childcare certifications can tell you more about the other person’s trustworthiness
  • Fill out the intake form together before the first appointment
    • Fill out this form before you have your first appointment together. This will help to ensure that problems don't arise during the babysitting appointment
      Intake form
  • Report members who seem at all suspicious
    • Do you feel another member is not being honest or is asking for something other than childcare services? Let us know through the report button
  • Learn to recognize scammers
    • If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is!
    • See the scammer and fraud section below for more information

For more tips and more advice please check out:

Community Resources

Scammers and Fraud

Identity fraud occurs when someone makes illegal use of your personal data. Babysits never asks for your personal data. Should an unknown user request your personal data, please report this to us immediately as it could be an attempt at fraud.

How can you prevent fraud as a user?

  1. Don’t give information about yourself to other users that you don't know well or trust. Be careful with personal information such as passport details, email addresses, phone numbers, resumés, etc.
  2. If you are approached by an organization, you should first find out more about the organization. If you are unable to find information about the organization, then you should be wary of potential fraud.
  3. Never transfer money to someone you have never met and never accept money from someone before the babysitting job has been done. In this case, it's almost always a scam.
  4. Beware of sob stories. This could be, for example, a story about a deceased partner. Often scammers may use these kinds of stories to try to play with your emotions and persuade you to transfer money.
  5. Always meet before the first babysitting appointment. Make sure the introductory meeting is in a public place. If you don't trust the situation you can easily leave.
  6. Be suspicious when a user calls anonymously or with a foreign phone number. Most users have a local phone number.
  7. Do not transfer money via unfamiliar payment apps. Scammers often use forged payment apps leading to a fake page in order to find out victims’ bank details.
  8. Never accept a job from a person you've never met. Real families will want to meet you first and interview you in person before they hire you.
  9. Never pay for a background check and don't use a background check service you don't know. Scammers can be behind these services themselves and steal your money or, worst case, steal your personal information.
  10. Trust your instincts. If something seems too good to be true, it is. If you still have doubts about the person's authenticity, don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to take a look at the user's profile for you and give you some advice.

Do you think that you’ve become a victim of fraud?

If you think that you are a victim of fraud, report it to us immediately so that we can block the account of the person in question to prevent continued fraudulent activity.

File a report with the police. We advise you to always file a report with the police when you suspect that you are a victim of identity fraud.

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It is important to keep in mind that background checks are not automatically run on our community members. It is ultimately up to our members to run any background checks on those that they communicate and work with. We can address problems that arise with member interactions occurring on our platform. However, if you have interactions which occur outside our platform, we won’t be able to help you with any issues which may arise.