PARENT DISAPPROVAL SWEEPS THE UK AS SCHOOLS BAN PHOTOS AT NATIVITY PLAYS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
‘A step too far’ – 70% of parents say photo ban is wrong
More than a third (38%) of parents have been banned from taking photographs of their children at this year’s festive nativity plays, leading parenting resource Families Online has revealed. But despite the increase in schools placing tighter measures on taking photos, 70% of parents polled said they didn’t agree it was right to ban photos during special ‘one-off’ nativity performances.
Parents treasure the first moment they see their child perform in their Christmas nativity and 66% say that placing a blanket ban on photography for what is the ‘epitome of innocence’, is really a step too far.
The issue of photographing children has become fraught in schools all over Britain, and not just at this time of year. Ten years ago, people rarely thought twice about taking pictures of their children at school plays but now every click of the camera or snap from a mobile phone is sadly over shadowed by the possibility of ill intent.
Yet despite the popularity of social media and the ‘commonality’ today of posting photos online, 57% of parents still said that banning photos at nativity plays as a security measure was unnecessary – with 43% of parents agreeing that the ban is a sensible measure in light of the use of social media platforms.
For what was once a time for treasured memories and photos of tinsel-adorned little angels and cutesy shepherds, the act of parents recording their child’s nativity has become the topic of much debate and scepticism.
*SOURCE: Survey commissioned independently by Families Online, polling parents in the UK with school-aged children (sample size approx. 500 surveyed online).
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