Hello. NC for this.
My DD has recently moved from nursery to school. Her nursery used an online website (where you have to sign in to the website) to share photos of her at nursery with my and DH. When she started we signed a form that said she could appear in photos shared with other parents (like a photo of my DD playing with their child, or sometimes photos with lots of kids in that would be shared with all the parents). We signed this. A few parents didn't agree to this, so if their child was in a photo their faces would be blocked out with an emoji face on top of their face so you couldn't tell who it was. I presume (although couldn't say for certain) that the parents who declined for their kids faces to be shown still got the groups photos sent to them via the website.
Now DD is in reception at primary school and the school use the same website. So we set up an account and so far have had a couple of videos just with our DD in. So far, so good. We got sent a form asking for the same permission - to share with other parents images that might have my daughter in. The form asks people not to share the photos on social media but also says the school can't be held responsible for anything that might happen to the photos. This time I wrote on the form that I didn't want to give permission for this. The school is much larger than her nursey, I don't know the vast majority of the parents. Most seem fine when we're at the school gates,
although it's v hard to get to know people when you're all wearing a mask and socially distancing!
So I did drop off this morning and the teacher took me aside and said I'm the only person who hasn't agreed to photos being shared and it will mean I don't get to see any of the group photos and will miss out on seeing things my daughter is learning. I totally understand that it's hypocritical of me to decline permission for my DD to be in the photos but still expect to see them (even though I'm fairly sure that's what happened at her nursery). But I can't understand why you would you set up a system of communicating about kid's learning to their parents that relies on everyone agreeing to this?
What happens when they have kids who are adopted or fostered or live in homes where one parent has escaped domestic violence? In those case the parent just wouldn't be able to agreed to this (none of this applies to me, but surely in two form entry school there will be someone in most years that this does apply to!) What happens if someone does share something they shouldn't on social media? Will the school then have to stop using this website and come up with a whole new way to communicate to parents?
Doe anyone have any experience of this? If you've said no to your kids photos being shared have they had other ways to communicate with you what your child is learning at school? Am I just being precious and ridiculous? I said we would think about it and let them know at pick up time if we've changed our mind. So any advice anyone can offer before then would be much appreciated.
Online photos at school
leaves2345 · 07/10/2020 10:21
Hello. NC for this.
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