Mom Demands Stricter Privacy Laws After She Caught A Stranger Videoing Her Kid

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Any mom will tell you there is nothing more mortifying than when your kid decides to throw a full-on fit in the middle of the grocery store. Everyone is staring at you, your child won't stop crying because you didn't tie his shoelace the right way, and you need to pretend like everything is totally and completely normal. Ugh! But what if instead of minding her own business, someone who is witnessing this major meltdown pulls out a phone and starts to record your child pull an Exorcist

Well for one mom from Auckland, New Zealand this is exactly what happened when a stranger tried to record video of her son as he started to have a fit. The onlooker defended the decision even after the mom caught the woman. Now the mom is fighting back against the act and is demanding stricter privacy laws when it comes to our kids.


No matter how good of a parent you are, temper tantrums are bound to happen. However, in a story reported by Essential Kids one mom is now speaking out after a stranger tried to record her son mid blow-up. 

According to the mom, who wished to remain nameless, her 3-year-old son was with his grandmother in an Auckland suburb when he started to throw down on a sidewalk.

But apparently the fit was too much for a stranger to resist. The mom told reporters that a woman who saw the scene decided to pull out her phone and record the toddler, much to the mom's chagrin.

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The mom explained that her son's grandmother then asked the stranger to delete the video, as it was unacceptable to record a child without her permission. "The woman tried to justify it by saying that she wanted to share the video with her daughter because her granddaughter has meltdowns, but nothing like this," the mom explained.

"I was extremely upset and angry to think that this woman thought it acceptable to film [my son] when he was so distressed, for the purposes of sharing it with her family -- so they could all feel better about themselves because -- look at this kid!" she added.

The mom then explained that she worked out who the photographer was from the grandmother's description, and later confronted the woman. The woman again claimed she was only taking the video to show her family. The woman also admitted she had deleted the video, but not out of respect for the family's wishes. Instead, she said she was standing too far away when she shot the video and said it hadn't come out well.

Of course, this answer is not really a good excuse. And now the mom is asking for tighter privacy laws when it comes to strangers recording our kids. "This is not her child and she has no right to record him, let alone share it further," she added. 

In the US, it is perfectly legal for a stranger to record your child on a cellphone. According to, the act falls under the First Amendment, that is unless the footage is being used for "sexual or predatory purposes," which "could violate child pornography laws." 

But just because it's legal doesn't make it right. Gehan Gunasekara, Privacy Foundation NZ acting chair and associate law professor at Auckland University said that in this case, the photographer violated the common sense of "good manners" rather than violating any law.

So when it comes to filming a flailing kid, let's keep it classy and keep our phones in our pockets.

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