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"Remove children's photos" from school Web sites

"Remove children's photos" from school Web sites

Edinburgh council has advised head teachers to remove or blur photos of schoolchildren on their school Web sites to protect them from contact or identification by paedophiles. Such issues have been faced by children’s charities. How do you promote the work of a children’s charity without publishing pictures of the children the charity has already helped or is working to assist?

The Edinburgh council ./guidance paper acknowledges that “a school Web site without pictures of pupils would appear very dry and may seem unrealistic,” but they argue that schools could be held responsible if any children are placed in danger as a result of Web site publication.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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