Parents banned from taking photos at Nativity plays

Premier is reporting that according to a recent poll, more than a third of parents were not allowed to take pictures of their own children at school nativity plays this year.

As more and more schools across the country put tighter controls over photo-taking at school events, 70 per cent of parents agree that the measures are over the top.

The findings from a recent poll by Fami-While also saw 66 per cent of parents agree at a blanket ban on photography at schools was a step too far and most parents would like to record the precious memory of their child’s performance.

Guidelines from child protection organisation the NSPCC recommend that schools should have photography policies which would prevent images of children being shared online.

On its website, the NSPCC says: “while it is important that children and young people have photographs and films of their special moments… it is also important to be aware of safeguarding issues when parents are taking photos or filming events”.

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Does your school ban photography at the nativity play? What are the reasons for doing so? Do we spend too much time looking at life through a lens? Should we be spending more time in the moment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Assumption from parents that ban is imposed just to be annoying is pathetic; no photos etc at these events for good reason

  2. neilayates

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I work in football. People viewed safeguarding as tiresome bureaucracy & football prevention. They don’t now

  3. shamrockspire SchoolsImprove Sorry but no, you are wrong. Many of the schools I work in are more than happy for me to take photos of the majority of pupils as part of my work (their parents have given consent) but where there are a few parents who have requested that their child is not photographed by anyone, which I understand completely, I always respect and abide by their request. I simply ask the school to point them out before I start, and I make sure that my camera is pointed away from those few individuals. 
    These parents who are complaining should try asking the school for guidance about who can be in their photos and who should not be photographed. I’m sure the school would be happy to advise them and ask that these parents simply wait a few minutes until certain children have left the stage before taking photos. It ain’t rocket science.

  4. Britinfloridaus It seems to me that these ‘precious moments’ could easily be accommodated if only parents would simply ask the school first, instead of arrogantly assuming they have some sort of automatic right over taking photos of somebody else’s child. 
    The school might be able to work something out that suits everyone!

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