I received an email from a principal who was having a discussion about photographs of the pupils on their school web site. The teacher has concerns that any photograph online could be manipulated and used for illicit activities. This teacher wouldn’t be alone. I give a number of talks around the country where I talk about how we use social media in my school, which includes photographs and videos of our pupils engaging in school activities. The majority of the time, I am asked about this issue.
The generally accepted answer to the problem is that one has a good AUP and that parents can have the option of opting out of being in the media. To be honest, the likelihood of any problems occurring these days is very low. However, to be sure that photographs cannot be manipulated, I have a few simple rules that I follow.
- All photos must have more than one child in them
- All photos must be reduced to a low resolution (max 800px in size)
- No name should be on or tagged or captioned on any photo of a child
- A plug-in can be used on the school web site to prevent a photograph being right-clicked, thus disallowing the menu option: Save Image As…
Have you got any other rules that you follow? If you do, how about commenting below.
Last Update: August 9, 2017