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to not really understand why you can't take photos of your children at a swimming centre???

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tryingtobemarypoppins Tue 09-Jun-09 20:00:47

and its not all centres is it?

HecatesTwopenceworth Tue 09-Jun-09 20:03:27

in case you are really going to take the pictures and sell them to paedophiles.

<rolls eyes>

CherryChoc Tue 09-Jun-09 20:05:59

What Hecate said, probably because swimming costumes are a lot less modest than normal clothing.

tryingtobemarypoppins Tue 09-Jun-09 20:06:30

but then you may as well ban them from everywhere?? Went to Centre Parcs last week and it was fine to take pictures. Our local pool is a no no.

tryingtobemarypoppins Tue 09-Jun-09 20:07:54

Without meaning to come across stupid, CheeryChoc is this really the idea behind banning it??? I just don't really see it has any affect on safe garding children, just irritating to parents.

porcupine11 Tue 09-Jun-09 20:10:48

If you saw a stranger at the pool taking pictures that had your children in shot, wouldn't you worry? Even if they said they were taking pictures of their kids?

They can't make one rule for mums and another for potential weirdos, so they need a blanket ban.

I asked my county council about this when I wanted to take pictures of my baby's first swim and wasn't allowed, then I realised it's a sensible policy. They usually will give you special permission if you take a police check etc

tryingtobemarypoppins Tue 09-Jun-09 20:14:28

No I wouldn't worry if another parent was taking pictures. However I would if they were there without their family.

JackBauer Tue 09-Jun-09 20:16:18

It's cos of the Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeedos innit!

A friend and I took our 4 month old DD's for their first swim, she took a pic of me and I took one of her. Then security arrived and insisted on deleting the pictures from her camera as there were school children in the pool.

Never mind that they werent in any of the fucking pictures. They all had to be deleted. We asked to see teh manager to ask if we could keep a few pictures of our PFB's and were told it was council policy unless we had written permission from the parent/guardian of every child in the pool area.

Luckily they didn't spot we had already taken pics on my camera...

AMumInScotland Tue 09-Jun-09 20:16:57

At the risk of being flamed, would it really harm a child to have their photo taken at a swimming pool, in their costume, by a paedophile? Assuming that paedophiles were even interested in pictures of normal happy children who happen to be scantily clad, which they're not.

TBH if that was enough to make them happy, I'd have happily sent them a pile of photos of my DS.

Fillyjonk Tue 09-Jun-09 20:18:35

this really irritates me

i'd quite like photos of my kids swimming, its a childhood thing and not being hugely wealthy, the only place they go swimming is the local council run pool.

My son has just learnt to swim properly without armbands and is so pleased with himself it is not true. I have a photo of him riding his bike for the first time. I'd quite like a photo, or better still, a wobbly video, of him swimming unassisted.

fgs really. angry . WTF does it actually achieve ?

tryingtobemarypoppins Tue 09-Jun-09 20:19:34

Sad world JackBauer sad

paisleyleaf Tue 09-Jun-09 20:21:22

They even have this 'blanket ban' at the sure-start swim sessions we go to.
You can't get in without a baby/toddler!

tryingtobemarypoppins Tue 09-Jun-09 20:21:49

Thanks for saying that AMumInScotland, thats what I wanted to say!

Fillyjonk Tue 09-Jun-09 20:22:13

And lets face it, paedophiles are not getting off on photos of our well fed and looked after kids. They have a ready supply of photos of kids with far far shittier lives than ours. Why on earth would you hang around a park looking shifty when you can abuse the kids you know in private? Or go on holiday somewhere and abuse foreign kids who don't matter so much hmm sad. That is the reality of the situation. This "paedophile in every park" mentality is depriving men of contact with kids, and me of photos of my fabulous boy swimming on his own angry

shhhh Tue 09-Jun-09 20:22:23

AMuminscotland shock

Im honestly sat here open mouthed..."If that was enough to make them happy, I'd have happily sent them a pile of photos of my ds"

sorry but what a shocking thing to say. So you are saying you would have no problem if someone had pictures of your child to porn over..? shock hmm.

To answer your question, YES I would be totally disgusted if someone had a pic of my dd or ds for the wrong purpose.

tryingtobemarypoppins Tue 09-Jun-09 20:22:43

You are joking paisleyleaf!

Milliways Tue 09-Jun-09 20:24:36

We managed to video DS doing a new stunt Dive at his Diving lesson last year. DH asked at reception and had to fill in loads of forms, but then they let him.

It is the "No mobiles" in the building that annoy me. Sometimes need to make a call (as have to sit there for 1.5 hours at a time) - NOT to photo the kids!

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 09-Jun-09 20:29:45

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AMumInScotland Tue 09-Jun-09 20:30:39

Seriously shhh - do you have any idea what paedophiles look at pictures of? If they could get their kicks by looking at a picture which was taken in a happy innocent moment of my well-protected child's life, then I would think the world was far better for it.

But they don't. They look at pictures and videos of children being raped. That's what they want, and find, and make and distribute.

sandpebbles Tue 09-Jun-09 20:34:02

AMuminscotland i got your point - if looking at children in swimming costumes would be enough to keep pervs happy and not go on to actually hurt other children i would be well worth sending them a few snaps.

bosch Tue 09-Jun-09 20:36:25

Not sure which is more naive.

Thinking that paedophiles will get off over pictures of small children wearing swimming trunks/costumes.

Or thinking that paedophiles won't get off over pictures...(etc etc)

Surely if it was that easy they'd just go down a park on a sunny day (and sigh, yes i know they do that too) But then they wouldn't bother getting really dodgy pictures of small children over the internet.

AMumInScotland Tue 09-Jun-09 20:38:33

Thanks sand, yes that's what I mean. If that's all they wanted, it wouldn't be a problem. But it isn't. The problem is that children are being hurt deliberately in order to feed the market for these dsgusting pictures, which have little in common with swimming pool or beach pics.

JackBauer Tue 09-Jun-09 21:05:08

To be fair, I can see their point, they can't exactly pick and choose who 'looks' like a paedophile, as no-one looks like one.
What pisses me off is not being allowed to take pictures of my own child, surely that is down to me, and as long as I can make sure no other children are pictured I should be allowed to.

I can see what AMumInScotland is trying to say and I agree with that. If it stopped there thenit really wouldn't be as horrible an issue as it is IYSWIM.

shhhh Wed 10-Jun-09 15:55:43

Still disagree. NOT a that all paedo's just want picks of kids naked or being abused. Some just want pics. What about ones at local parks that are picked up on.I guess there are different levels of paedo's.

Another comment,"Im ok if the person taking pictures has their kids with them" hmm.

So parents are not capable of being paedo's..?

Just to add, the woman arrested from the nursery yesterday has 2 kids..hmm.

I guess I have a different POV to others on this thread,just can't understand that if you found that someone had pics of your lo's for "use" you wouldn't be thinks not. Otherwise you need to ask yourself why.

InmyheadIminParis Wed 10-Jun-09 16:10:50

YANBU at all.
I think it's probably time we all took a stand and started to question these silly, silly rules with Ver Management.

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