'Nanny state' claim as school bans sports day photos

PUBLISHED: 11:23 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:41 15 June 2010

PARENTS are in uproar over a primary school's policy to stop them taking photos of their own children.

PARENTS are in uproar over a primary school's policy to stop them taking photos of their own children.Mrs Ethelstons Primary School, in Uplyme, prohibited photos and video filming during the recent sports day, claiming it was due to changes in child protection and images legislation.But parents have blasted the "nanny state" behaviour and say there is no legal reason why they cannot take photos for personal use.One parent, who does not wish to be named, said: "Parents want to record achievements through their child's life, and not to be made to feel that they are all criminals and are going to upload dodgy photos to some porn site."They added that many parents were upset that they could no longer take photos and fear photography will be banned at every school event.They said: "Speaking to many parents, they were extremely annoyed and exasperated and no one really knew why they couldn't take photos of their children as they done so in the past. "Many seemed just resigned that it was a sign of the times." They added: "Please, please, clear this ridiculous nanny state affair up."A spokesman for the local education authority said: "It's a decision which individual head teachers come to, usually with consultation with governors.

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