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In our setting we use photos of the children in their learning journeys as evidence of activities etc. However although every parent has given written permission for this to happen we are debating whether photos that include other children should be used? For example a group activity like making a large junk robot together has pictures of lots of children in them. Should this be used in a childs learning journey or should it just be direct photos of that child? we are finding this a trick issue especially when there are super shots of them playing with their friends!

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We used to have this issue so we changed the part in pour policy to state that photos would be taken and that often they would feature other children. Parents had to let us know if they disagreed with this. We then put the onus on the parents to tell us they didn't want this to be the case for their child rather than seeking permission for each case. It has made life a whole lot easier and, as you say the pictures which feature them with friends say so much more that the staged ones of them alone.

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we have done the same as holly too, we have only had one parent object to being in other learning journeys -so we alter any photos that they happen to be in -or try to cature it in such a way that the child is not 'in shot'

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Do these learning journeys and therefore photos then go home with the child, at intervals, and when the child leaves?

 

They do at our setting.......you can see where I'm going can't you...

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Yes in ours they do go home but that was part of what we made clear to our families in them not disagreeing with the policy. We are forunate that we are a small group and to be honest all the families socialise together out of hours anyway so they have pictures of each other anyway. It would be a different situation if we were a different type of setting possibly. Incidentally our policies also state that staff and parents agree not to upload any images taken in the setting to the internet or social networking sites.

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Yes they do go home with them at the end of their time with us.. it's a tricky one. We do have problems with parents uploading photos onto facebook that have other children in them also, we have asked them repeatedly not to but they continue to do this and defend it by saying it's their child and they want to share it with other family and friends. It's not an easy issue to resolve.

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We have one child, an adopted one, whom we are not meant to photograph within groupings. It makes it jolly hard sometimes, especially when he's been as involved in a model as everyone else. We stand him at one end of the group in staged photos and then cut him off after we've printed one for him, or in spontaneous pictures we take a pic of just him and then try to make sure that he's cut off from other children.

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