Parents Rightfully Forced to Remove Video of Daughter's School Play From Facebook

facebookLike most parents, Douglas Holmes loves sharing photos and videos of his 4-year-old daughter Emmi-Rai. So he thought nothing of posting a clip of her school's nativity play on the Internet for friends and family to see. However, the other children's parents and school administrators were none too pleased with what they considered a dangerous violation of privacy. They wanted the proud dad to take down the video immediately.


Not surprisingly, the push-back upset Holmes. "I was very angry when she came back from the school and told me they wanted her to take it down from her personal profile," he says of his partner. "We should be allowed to share our daughter's experience with other people if we want to."

He felt he and Emmi-Rai's mother had every right to upload the video even if it featured other children as well.

This is an issue a growing number of parents have faced in recent years. When my son started attending his primary school, the head of the school made it very clear (in writing) that parents were not to include images of other students on social media. Is this rule annoying? It most certainly will be to some. But we parents have a right to restrict or even forbid our children's presence on social media.

In fact, Emmi-Rai's school, Ynysboeth Primary School, says the restriction goes beyond just mere parental preference. It's a safety issue. "There are children in our schools who are protected by means of court orders and under no circumstances can the identity or location of these children be revealed," one official said. "To do so could expose them to unacceptable risk."

As annoyed as Holmes and his partner may be, they can't possibly argue with that reasoning. If they really want certain relatives to see the videos, perhaps they should email them or show them off in person. Bottom line is they have no right to put other kids on display if their parents don't agree with it.

Do you think schools have a right to forbid parents from posting videos?


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