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UK School Forbids Parents From Taking Pics of Kids 12

Posted by samzenpus
from the think-of-the-photogenic-children dept.
tonywong writes "Mrs Ethelston's Church of England Primary School, in Uplyme, Devon, prohibited parents photographing their own children during a school event, claiming it was due to changes in child protection and images legislation. This may be harsh but not as bizarre as another UK school attempting to cover up photos of all the students with smiley faces last year. Perhaps the UK has more bogeymen per square kilometer (kilometre if you're a non USian) than the rest of the world, or is the UK on the leading edge of things-to-come?"

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UK School Forbids Parents From Taking Pics of Kids

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  • USian? (Score:3, Informative)

    by clone53421 (1310749) on Tuesday June 23, 2009 @02:07PM (#28443227) Journal

    FYI: To us USians, it's neither square kilometer nor square kilometre. It's square mile.

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      or acre to those who really know the land

    • by ratinox (582104)
      FYI: To us Brits, it's a square mile too. I've yet to meet any native Brit that uses metric measurements on a regular basis; you'll find that most of us are pretty damn imperial.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by zakeria (1031430)
        Correct... it's the Republic of Ireland thats uses the metric system!
    • It's square mile.

      Parent poster will never work for NASA or any other firm or agency that uses some actual scientific measurements, instead of archaic colonial measurements*.

      *See: "Forty rods to the hogshead".

  • UK Schools now routinely use the "Data Protection Act" or "Privacy Concerns" to prevent parents taking photos of their children at school plays, sports days, assemblies, award ceremonies, etc. Actually, the "Data Protection Act" doesn't have anything to do with this. The schools are petrified that one pervert might come into their school and take photos of kids and upload them to some sicko website (Myspace, Facebook, Bebo???) and get the school a whole load of bad publicity. When I was recently "told off"

  • by fyoder (857358)

    Clearly, what's required is some form of child sized burka which all children would be required to wear. School yards would be filled with hundreds of cute little jawas.

    • by hedwards (940851)
      No, that would never work, you'd need to give them photo IDs, otherwise, you'd never filter for pedophile midgets.

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