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Candid photographing of children


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Candid photographing of children

1 Aug 2008 2:58PM   Views : 461 Unique : 350

Can anyone tell me where one stands legally on this issue.
This would probably be better as a forum question but forum threads always seem to stray from the original question.
I teach in a Primary School and on no account are we allowed to put any photographs of children on to any web site. This is mainly because there are children from certain families, and in our school many families, where there have been marital disputes and the children have to be protected as to their whereabouts in some situations.
So, with this in mind, are we able legally, to take candid shots of children who are unknown to us and put them on a site such as this. Children are wonderful subjects for candid photography, they are so natural and unaffected but not knowing a child's background makes me feel uneasy to just take photos and then use them on an open site.
I would be really interested to know what other people think about this or if they know what the legal situation is.


KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
2 Aug 2008 6:54AM
Mmmm! As you can see by the response to your query, I think this is rather a grey area that no-one knows for sure!! I think[/i] you [i]can take images as long as it's in a public place (where no one can stop you taking an image of whatever you want) - unless there are objections from the responsible adult with the child. But, as you can see from the forum threads it is rather an emotive subject!

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dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2008 6:55PM
Thanks Karen. I think you are right and judging by the huge response Smile , nobody is really sure about the position.
There was a case in the paper recently of a husband and wife taking photos of their own children on a funfair slide and they were apprehended as there were other children around. That on its own, would make me very apprehensive of taking photos of any children that I did not know.
Have a lovely weekend . Smile
Barbaraj 11 450 England
5 Aug 2008 8:01PM
I took a photo of children wind blowing through their hair and them feeding the ducks the other day and posted it here.
Part of me wonders if i'm right to do so. The other part says they were in a public place, a park. I dont know what rules there are.

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