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to think parents videoing school assemblies and posting the video on facebook is wrong

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mamabanana Fri 12-Oct-12 10:36:55

Just noticed a post from a friend on facebook with a video link to a class assembly. I honestly don't think the person posting has thought through their actions, but surely it is against most school policies? If the school record something, they have to get every parent to sign to say they agree to their child being videoed. I have no problem with parents videoing their children to watch back, but posting it on social media????

What do you think and what would you do? Am I overreacting? I need a second opinion before I speak to friend or even the school about it.

GrimAndHumourless Fri 12-Oct-12 10:41:25

does school have a website that shows policies, you might be able to ascertain what the policy is on social media; have a dig through your paperwork to see if you've had to sign anything to say anyone can put stuff out there, or not.

I know some folk will say ach, the children are in the community, what does it matter, but LAC are an issue

ByTheWay1 Fri 12-Oct-12 10:43:00

I would just ask friend if they had permission from the school to post it - they probably just didn't think.....

Ours says before events that parents attend, that videos can be taken for personal use only.

DinosaurSchool Fri 12-Oct-12 10:43:50

Some parents would be up in arms about that. Personally I couldn't give a monkey's if someone put a video of my dc's on t'internet. I'd be a bit uncomfortable if they were identified by name but assuming they're not I'd not care. I assume only her facebook friends could see it?

But it is against most school's policies, some people have specific issues around child protection.

alienreflux Fri 12-Oct-12 10:43:58

i normally think this is way OTT, BUT facebook is different, it's not just local, with other parents with kids at the school, it's PUBLIC so i would get head to send out a letter, to say this is not acceptable, i'll eat my hat if it's allowed anyway

SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:44:50

We are always reminded by HT at assemblies etc that videos can be taken, but not posted online.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:45:22

NO one should trust facebook to keep anything remotely private. Their settings change all the time without warning.

mamabanana Fri 12-Oct-12 10:45:52

The school are a bit technologically backwards so probably haven't even thought through the social media side of things. I know that when my eldest dd was in a video as part of a national science experiment, the video had to go on youtube and I had to sign additional documentation. I also know there are children at our school whose parents don't want them to be in school play videos, so surely they would be mortified if their kids ended up on facebook?

SlightlyConfusedAlwaysMad Fri 12-Oct-12 10:46:52

I put videos up of my dd's class assemblys as we have family in different country's that still like to be involved but I always make it private to relatives only and delete after a week

NiffStipplesHauntsLaSenza Fri 12-Oct-12 10:47:08

Our school has a policy that any photos or videos taken in the school or to do with the school that include any child/adult that is not related to you must not be put on the Internet.
So that includes twitter, Facebook or any photo storage site where the pictures could end up in google.

Floggingmolly Fri 12-Oct-12 10:47:26

I thought all schools insisted on videos being for private use these days?
Our school(s) expressly warn parents at the start of all plays / assemblies not to upload them onto any social networking sites.
I'd be inclined to inform the school, actually, if she refused to take it down. There are good reasons why it's not allowed.

mamabanana Fri 12-Oct-12 10:48:33

I have no worries about videos and photos at school and have no problem with other parents taking videos etc. It's just the public sharing and facebook is certainly not private. I like the person whose done it and genuinely believe they have not thought it through. Maybe asking the school office to send out a reminder would be a good idea.

Floggingmolly Fri 12-Oct-12 10:48:49

Slightlyconfused. You really shouldn't, you know.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:49:07

If you know of anyone for whom it is likely to be an issue, contact your friend and say something like, sorry, I don't want to be a spoilsport but there's a child in this film whose parents can't risk putting them on the internet - would it be a good idea to PM people the link, so it isn't in the public domain? and just be really nice about it. Also ask the school to remind people it's not a good idea.

mamabanana Fri 12-Oct-12 10:49:16

And thanks everyone smile

GoSakuramachi Fri 12-Oct-12 10:49:28

FB is not PUBLIC, unless you are stupid enough to have no security settings.

If I post a video on FB, only 30 people can see it. Hardly public.

And what do you think the school can do about someone elses FB page?

SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:50:48

Gosakura there's no need to be so rude. FB often and frequently change their security settings and make public things you think are private.

spotsdots Fri 12-Oct-12 10:54:34

Inform the school, I'm fairly sure its against the school policy (child protection). Hopefully, the school will not only tell the parents to remove the link but also they will make sure next time NO ONE will be recording during assemblies.

McHappyPants2012 Fri 12-Oct-12 10:55:14

DS school beats the parents to it, they have a facebook and twitter page.

FamiliesShareGerms Fri 12-Oct-12 10:55:43

I would be very unhappy if - when she is actually at school! - someone posted a video of DD at school, because she is adopted. Even if only 30 people see it, what if one of those is a friend of her birth parents and spots her? In fact, school pictures and videos are worse than eg a birthday party, because the school uniform is a huge giveaway to where she is now living. I would not have similar concerns re footage of DS, but it's easiest and best to have a blanket policy regarding all pupils, not just the small number where there a genuine concerns.

OK, the chances of this happening are remote, but some things are too important to risk.

OP, YANBU and suggest asking the school to reiterate their social media
policy (or develop one, if they are lacking)

Floggingmolly Fri 12-Oct-12 10:56:27

only 30 people can see it
I wouldn't want 30 random strangers watching videos of my children, actually,
Gosakura, why would you want to share it with 30 people?
Of your choosing, not mine? hmm

MimsyBorogroves Fri 12-Oct-12 11:00:55

School videos should not be uploaded to social media. Ever.

It's a massive child protection issue - I'm not talking about "ooh, paedos doing google searches" either - it's about the risk to children in the care system who are at risk of people discovering their whereabouts based on identifiable videos.

Personally, I'd report to the school.

freddiefrog Fri 12-Oct-12 11:06:47

Our head makes it very clear at the start of every assembly that we're welcome to take photos and video but we must not post anything with another child other than our own in on the Internet

Now, I'm not too fussed with my own children, but I am also a foster carer and there are all sorts of issues if someone posts a pic of them on FB

ByTheWay1 Fri 12-Oct-12 11:10:07

If you post a video/pic on facebook maybe only 30 can see it FIRSTHAND -

but it can be shared by any one of them to all their friends etc - once you have put something in the public domain it cannot be restricted.

purplehouse Fri 12-Oct-12 11:15:42

It's wrong to put a video of a class assembly on facebook.

At my DS's class assembly, one of the parents in the class had objected to photos being taken and nobody was even allowed to take a single photo of it, let alone a video!

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