Looking for a babysitter on social media? Here's what you need to know

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Published: Apr. 15, 2018 at 7:45 AM EDT
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You may have seen more ads on social media lately, looking for a summer nanny or daycare provider. But how do you know that person is a good or even safe fit for your child?

"People claiming to be somebody who they're not, there's a lot of child predators that get on Facebook," said mother of one Jessika Duval.

That's Jessika Duval's biggest fear when it comes to looking for childcare options on social media. She works at Kid’s Kingdom, a drop-in daycare center in North Dakota, and said she always preferred going in person and checking places out before sending her kids there.

She said finding honest people online isn't always easy.

"I'm kind of crazy when it comes to trusting people," said Duval.

But not everyone agrees. We reached out to a couple of people who have found a nanny or babysitter on Facebook. They reported that they've never had any problems.

But whether you use social media or just visit childcare options in person, Terryl Graalum, the Owner of Kid’s Kingdom said there's one thing you need to watch out for.

"I don't know how qualified they are or how they do their qualifications when they screen them, I would say they are going to have to do some of their own background checking," said Graalum.

Graalum said you don't have to worry at a place like Kid's Kingdom because they are fully licensed. But she said if you are looking for a childcare provider on social media, meet them in person and ask for references.

"If they can't provide you with references or if they have references that seem sketchy, that they're not really backing that person up very well, then you're going to have to be your own investigator," said Graalum.

She said to do some digging on the people posting about these jobs and making sure they are a good fit for your child. When looking for a babysitter or nanny, it really depends on your family’s needs.

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