I went to our first parents evening at Little OL’s new school last week. It was good and just cemented the reasons why I have chosen that school for Little OL.
There was one item raised that got me thinking though. At the meeting they said that they are in the process of getting a new website designed and they would like to use photos of kids working and playing – no posed photos. On the old website the only photos were empty class rooms or the backs of heads. They will be sending out consent forms later this week requesting permission to use our child’s photographs on the website. My initial reaction was NO!
But seriously – how stupid is that! I have an open blog. I post her photos here. I have a Facebook page, I post her photos there – not all the albums are private. I have even put her photo on Twitter. Why would I object to having her photos on the school website? Then I started thinking about all the kids that do child modelling – their photos are out there. I know that I am living with a false sense of anonymity or was until 6000 shattered it a couple of years ago. I have tried to keep Little OL’s name out of my blog, as well as the name of her school. In fact I have not even put the name of her school up on private posts on FB. If any of my friends ask then I send them a message as opposed to putting it on my wall. It would not be that hard to figure out though. Do you post the name of your kid’s school on your blog?
Do you feel that having your kids’ photos up on your blog or Facebook is putting them in any sort of additional danger? How would you feel about having your kids’ photos on the school’s website?
Here is a photo of Little OL taken over the weekend – I can’t believe how grown up she is getting.