Every member’s safety and wellbeing is important, and we ensure that you get the most out of your student experience in a safe and enjoyable manner. [Click here] to learn more about safety on MeStudent.
What does MeStudent do to ensure members are safe on the site?
This is a very good question that was submitted by one of our members. MeStudent does two things to ensure your safety. First, we use the latest technology to make certain that our application is safe and your data is protected, and we follow standards which are respected and used by banks and money transfer companies.
Second, we make sure that members provide as many details as possible so MeStudent can fulfill its purpose. At MeStudent we believe that the internet has become a kind of virtual world not so different than the real world that we live in.
We follow the logic that when you meet new people in the real world you are not immediately best friends with them, you need to first build trust. It’s normal to have questions like: Should I give out my phone number? Should I meet up with so-and-so again? Is it safe for me to lend this person money, considering we have only been friends for a few months? Or, Will my personal belongings be safe if I leave them at a friend’s house while I go on holiday for a while? And so on.
Answering these questions requires you to exercise good judgement and consider many different aspects of your relationship. Most important are things like: How long have I known this person? Do we have any friends in common? What are they like? Do I know where this person lives? Have I ever been to their house? How trustworthy are they?
These are questions to ask in the real world, in the MeStudent world the considerations are slightly different. When we are making friends on MeStudent we should ask ourselves: Does the person have a verified profile? Who are they friends with and do they have verified profiles? What sort of photos and experiences are they sharing? How long have they been a member?
By asking these kinds of questions you can make your own mind up about members and decide the level of trust you want to give each person. The best advice we could give is to just use common sense.
Can I feel safe about contacting strangers through MeStudent ?
YES! You absolutely can! Consider contacting MeStudent members in the same way as you would contact your classmate or someone from a different class within the same college or university.
All members are checked and reviewed by our team. As you might have already read, our platform is open ONLY to current and past international students. Simply put, if you are not one or the other you will not be able to join. One exception to this rule is that we do sometimes accept Australian students who want to help international students, as building this bridge between Australian, local students and international student is important. To this end, we decided to open our network to some of them, however the process of accepting Australian students is strict and they must provide lots of details to join our community.
What do you mean by a trusted, safe community ?
Our vision is to build a trusted, safe online community of international students globally. What do we mean by that? Well, we want all our members to trust each other and the community, and to trust the MeStudent platform. But how is trust built? There is a simple formula to building trust, that begins with getting to know someone, or in this case, MeStudent. Once you feel comfortable enough, you begin to share information with each other and on the basis of these exchanges you decide on the level of trust that you are willing to extend.
In the MeStudent community we require that our members be open about themselves and be willing to share their information with others. Feeling safe online means being protected by software, feeling confident that the application you are using has been made professionally and feeling sure that the people who are using it are providing real information about themselves.
Moreover, it’s good to remember that MeStudent is ‘Made in Australia' :) This means that we are subject to all the Australian laws, rules and regulations, which are very strict, particularly regarding privacy. Australia is a democratic country and we believe that operating MeStudent from Australia lends us an extra level of trustworthiness.
A trusted and safe community is a community where you can feel confident to make friends online before your journey to Australia. Wouldn’t it be great to know someone local before you land in Sydney, or Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Newcastle, Wollongong, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Rockhampton, or Darwin?! There are international students in each of these cities who are willing to help, and we want you to get to know them before you arrive to Australia.