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Respecting a child’s right to privacy

Respecting a child’s right to privacy

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The ThinkUKnow newsletter (volume 5, issue 5, 2014) had this thought-provoking comment about posting children’s information and images on the internet:

Article 16 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises a child’s right to privacy, but how often do we see information and photos relating to a child posted all over the internet? Not even posted by the child themselves, but by their parents, family, friends and other people! I am so thankful that the photos my parents took of me as a child are in photo albums under lock and key, and I’ve even stolen the negatives! They are only shared with people I know and trust and I highly doubt they’ll get into the hands of someone who could misuse them.

These days, however, a child’s date of birth, full name, weight and length are announced online for anyone to see. The photos of them being bathed, complaints about their bowel movements, hideous passport photos and embarrassing outbursts are shared digitally and permanently. Whether it’s our child, niece or nephew, student, neighbour or friend, before we share something about them, we should consider how it could impact them both now and into the future.

The Find Legal Answers website has more information on children’s rights and on privacy rights.

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