Taking images of children
Most people take photos of children at sporting events, and most are doing so for acceptable reasons and in appropriate ways. With cameras being so easily accessible through mobile phones, the process of monitoring who is taking photos and of whom, is getting harder. This in turn raises concerns about the potential risks to child safety.
This doesn’t mean we all need to stop taking photos, we just need to be more aware of our surroundings and the people in them when taking the photographs.
Below are some points to take into consideration when taking and displaying images of children around your club.
When taking images
- Clearly outline what is appropriate/inappropriate image content.
- Do not allow photographers unsupervised access to children.
- Ensure the coach informs athletes and parents if they want to video the match as a way of analysing and improving performance.
- Obtain permission from parent/guardian before taking the image and ensure they understand the way the image will be used and how long for.
- Provide members of the media and professional photographers with an identification pass to be worn.
- Provide contact details of who to contact at the club if concerns or complaints are raised regarding inappropriate behaviour.
When displaying images
- Avoid naming the child in the image. If this is not possible, avoid using both a first name and surname.
- Avoid displaying personal information such as email or residential addresses and telephone numbers.
- Do not display information about the child’s hobbies, likes/dislikes etc.
- Ensure that the child is suitably clothed.
- Reduce the ability for direct copying of pictures from a website to another source (disable the ‘right mouse click’ function).
- Clearly outline in a written contract to photographers who are contracted or paid to take photos about who will retain the images taken and any restrictions for use and sale.
- Provide contact details of who to contact at the club if concerns or complaints are raised regarding inappropriate image use.
Source: Play by the Rules Magazine, August 2016
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