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Do you really know your school’s picture policy?

2 Comments 07 November 2014

Do you really know your school’s picture policy?

So… You registered your kids for school a few months ago.

Bought new shoes, notebooks, pencils. Filled out forms, emergency cards in triplicate.

Did you give permission for them to be photographed?

I didn’t.

The question read, “Do you allow your child’s photo to be included in district media.”

Sorry, but that was just a bit too vague for me.

I like to know the who, what, where, when, why and how of the use of my kid’s photos.

Call me crazy. You won’t be the first.

But, with the click of a button that picture could be in Borneo for all I know.

And if my kid’s picture is going to Borneo, I am going with it.

No, but seriously. Do you know that opting out DOES NOT mean your child will not appear in any district photos? It means your child will not appear in any photos ALONE.

Depending on policy. The general rule of thumb is, three’s a crowd. That’s right. Three kids in a picture means you are part of a crowd and your parent’s permission matters not.

Some districts require five children. But very few will keep a child completely out just because you opted out.

Now, this would have been fine in my day. Yes, I’m old enough and technology has developed quickly enough that I grew up in a completely different day and age.

The pictures taken of kids ended up in the yearbook, and little else. Who didn’t sign the permission slip for that? Was there even one?

But, today our schools have websites, Facebook, and twitter accounts. Pictures taken of our kids have geo-tags depicting the time place and coordinates of the image. But. if they have a friend on either side, I have no control over where that picture goes.

Are you ok with that? Is that just the way things are now? Everybody is on the internet and we just need to get used to it?

That sounds a little too totalitarian to me.

What do you think?

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2 Comments so far

  1. Vero says:

    The more I read your blogs, the more I know we think so much alike.

    I dislike it when my “friends” on FB take a picture of my kid with their kid and then tags the school!! Like really, am I the only one that sees you are directing strangers straight to our kids.

    Everyone can keep calling me crazy!

  2. andrea says:

    I’m kind of embracing the crazy in many areas at this point in my life. And this is one of those areas. :)

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