This is a PSA to anyone who receives funding from the NEAR Foundation directly AND/OR by proxy via funding verticals that are funded by NF and the Community Fund.
There are few groups that are as vulnerable as children. Oftentimes, when working with children directly, individuals are, rightly, required to undergo stringent screening and background checks in order to ensure the children’s safety.
In light of the above, and taking into consideration the inability for children to consent to the same extent as adults, we’re implementing the following policy:
The NEAR Foundation and the Community Fund will not be used to:
- Fund direct or indirect work with children or legal minors aged 17 or younger
- Onboard children through targeted onboarding campaigns
- Create crypto-asset investments for children’s planned future use (wallets, NFTs, etc.)
- Target children, regardless of the goal of a particular campaign
This is to protect the children, NF, and any parties which would potentially have been working with them.
There’s no doubt that many children today will grow up to be the Web3 gurus, developers, and degens we all adore. However, the nuances of working with children, and their default vulnerability, make them impossible to work with without the highest level of checks and balances.
Let’s focus on building an open, accessible, and decentralised web for future generations to continue building atop whilst protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
Thanks a tonne for reading, and let’s keep BUIDLing!