Parents may be banned from taking photos at school events

PARENTS may be banned from taking photographs of their children at school events to curb use of images on social media.

A Brisbane Catholic Education spokesman said the body had no plans to ban parents from taking photographs of their own children, but bans were already in place at some schools across Australia.

"It is ludicrous as you can't tell a parent they can't take a photo of their own child," the spokesman said.

A Queensland Education spokeswoman said any decisions to allow parents to take photos at school events were made at school level.

Bans have been implemented at some Australian schools because of the difficulties schools face in protecting students whose parents have not signed a permission slip for the use of their photograph.

With the wide use of social media, the problem was becoming more prevalent and more difficult to control.


While Catholic and state schools have a clear policy on the use of photographs on their social media pages, it becomes a bit blurred when photos taken at school events are put up.

"What is required for a school's Facebook page is that any photo needs to have media consent," the Catholic Education spokesman said.

"We treat social media the same as traditional media and each individual school will probably have further restrictions on it.

"But what we can't police is what parents do when they take photographs at school events and put them on their own Facebook page."

A Daily Facebook user posted about her frustration that her school had posted images this week of her child even though she had not given consent for her child's image to be used.

It could not be established which school this child attended, but the policy is clear this is not allowed at Catholic or state schools.

Independent Schools Queensland executive director David Robertson said it was not possible to outline the policy for independent schools on the Coast as they determined their policies on school communications, including use of social media.

"Independent schools in Queensland are governed and managed at the level of the individual school," he said.

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