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A snapshot of how photos of children can put them at risk

Teachers need to be very careful about using images of children to promote the school – they must obtain permission and they must also avoid putting personal, identifying information on social media

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I love it when schools’ celebratory posts pop up on my social media feeds. In among the politics and the rows about pedagogy come these little nuggets championing young people’s successes: sport, music, spelling, maths, exploring, learning and having fun. And the posts that really pack a punch include wonderful photographs of energetic children grinning wildly.

Every teacher knows (or should know) that parental permission to use a child’s image is a must. But “may we use your son/daughter’s image in promotional material?” does not suffice if they end up on a billboard-sized poster for months – ...

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