The law treats taking photos or videos in private places and public places differently. In public places you have the right to take a photo unless you do so in a way that is offensive or makes a nuisance to those around you. When an event is taking place at a private place people can enforce rules about photography, so you should consider gaining consent before taking photos and videos.
Once posted online any photo or video can be shared, copied and/or manipulated. You may not be able to control how a photo or video is used by others.
When uploading photos and videos check your privacy settings on the social media services you use as well as on the device. You can change privacy settings to control who sees your photos.
See our Games, apps and social networking page for further information on privacy settings.
Other ways that may give you more control when sharing photos and videos include:
Sharing photos online can sometimes identify your location.
If you do not want to share your location through your photos:
Find out more about location based services here.
Taking these steps and being mindful of safety can help to minimise any risks that come with you sharing photos and videos of your child online. It’s important to remember that some people may have a different interest in your child than you do. There have been cases where innocent images posted on social media or other websites have been ‘harvested’ and used for other purposes. Sometimes predators can narrow down their search of children because of identifying details in photos.
Parents, families and children enjoy seeing photos of their achievements but this should always be done safely.
Check with the school or organisation that arranged the event. Your child’s school and/or organisation should be able to provide details of their social media policy or photography/recording policy.
Contact the school or organisation directly to raise your concerns. Schools and organisations should be able to refer you to their social media policy. This should provide details about the type of photos that can be posted, the way they will be used and how they obtain consent from parents or carers.
Some social media sites give themselves the rights to copy and use your photos and videos. Social media services may have Terms and Conditions or a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities which outlines how they manage sharing your photos, videos and information—these should be reviewed carefully before making any decisions on whether you consent to photos of your child being posted.
In the first instance you should ask the person who posted the photo or video to remove it. If the person refuses or you don’t know who posted it, you may wish to contact or report your concern to the specific social media site.
Visit our Games, apps and social networking pages for more information about contacting or reporting material to social media services.