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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 04 Mar 2016 8:03am () Replies (10)

NetSafe shared this article on their Facebook page this morning:

French parents 'could be jailed' for posting children's photos online

It states, 

French parents are being warned to stop posting pictures of children on social networks in case their offspring later sue them for breaching their right to privacy or jeopardising their security.

This is something that I have discussed a few times with my wife and a former colleague of mine. Not about the possibility of being sued, but thinking about what choices the children have about what gets shared online by their parents. What control do the children have over their own privacy and their own digital footprint when others are posting the photos?

Should we be giving our children more say in what gets posted online?

Mr Delcroix said: “We often criticise teenagers for their online behaviour, but parents are no better.”

He argued that people should think about how their children will feel later in life about images of them as infants or adolescents being posted on Facebook or other social networks. “Children at certain stages do not wish to be photographed or still less for those photos to be made public,” he told Le Figaro newspaper.

It might be interesting to ask your students what they think? Do they feel they have control over what gets posted about them? Do they see it as an issue?

What about in regards to what is shared from school? Often parents sign the forms saying that it's okay to share photos or work of their children. Should the children be signing these too? And what if they change their minds?


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  • Sharon Nolan (View all users posts) 04 Mar 2016 9:14am ()

    This is a very important discussion. We should be informing our students about appropriate use of Social Networks and this message needs to go home to parents as well. So many parents proudly post photo's of their children on these sites and are not aware of the implications of who they are sharing with. So many children post on these sites very inappropriate images and comments which in later life they would regret (hopefully). Education is the key here and we as educators need to be doing more to ensure the messages are getting across to all our communities about cyber-bullying, appropriate use of social networking, implications of our actions in the future and how to ensure that we know who we are communicating with.

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