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Rule change makes schools ban Lucia photos

TT/The Local/gm · 2 Dec 2011, 11:19

Published: 02 Dec 2011 11:19 GMT+01:00

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The parents were informed by staff earlier in the year that strict new rules about taking photos of children would be enforced, in order to prevent youngsters' pictures from ending up on Facebook and other social media websites.

A prime concern behind the move is said to be to prevent the children of asylum seekers with protected identities unwittingly being uncovered by such photos.

As a result of the new rules introduced in the municipality earlier in the year, parents have been told they cannot take pictures at the numerous Lucia celebrations, although as a compromise at a handful of schools, staff members will be given permission either to take the photos themselves, or let parents take photos just of their own children.

When the ruling was first announced, Jenny Björkholm, lawyer for Linköping's municipality, said that anyone who wants to take a picture of someone else's child, and publish it, must first obtain consent from the relevant parents prior to publication.

Despite the fact that the annual celebration is one of the highlights of the year for young children and their families, most parents have shown their understanding, according to the head of pre-schools, Zoia Fabres.

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“Parents are in favour of it. No one has phoned me with comments and I have not heard that any staff have received any comments either,” she told local newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten.

Lucia is the celebration of light in the midst of darkness, celebrated by Swedes on December 13th, when children don white robes and sing traditional christmas songs, at practically every school and pre-school countrywide.

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Your comments about this article

12:40 December 2, 2011 by johan rebel
Completely nuts!
14:04 December 2, 2011 by Central European
Good way to make no shared swimming lessons, no shared physical education , to have boys and girsl classes separated and finnaly to do not have any girls in schools anymore ......
14:23 December 2, 2011 by GLO
This is just NUTS.....
15:34 December 2, 2011 by Vill
It is a sad day when the rights of asylum seekers trump those of the indigenous people. Western civilization is crumbling before my very eyes.....
15:45 December 2, 2011 by Frobobbles
Why are asylum seekers celebrating Lucia?
15:51 December 2, 2011 by eppie

It is facebook that is the problem....and people using facebook to find out things about people's private lives.


Why would anyone celebrate lucia?
16:56 December 2, 2011 by lennea
The article is not clear. Do the editors mean uncovered as in little girls not wearing the veil or dressing modestly enough? Or do they actually mean *discovered*, in that many asylum seekers are targeted by their former governments, and in turn publishing these children's photographs could put the children (and their families) in danger?
18:58 December 2, 2011 by tadchem
So why are people who are trying to hide their identities allowing their children to appear on public stages? That's as stupid as wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with 3-inch letters: "WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM".
19:05 December 2, 2011 by jackityjack
wonder if the parents of the kids in this photo gave permission for them to appear on the local?
20:36 December 2, 2011 by darrenj

Well said, on both points
23:21 December 2, 2011 by Antonito
So, if this is adopted in all the country, no Swedish child will have pictures with his/her friends? What to do then when a child is playing football (or other sports), performing a play, dancing, etc? Asking persmision to parents is not a practical idea. Who are the parents of the visiting football team with whom my son wanted a picture? A picture with the two teams? How to explain to him after saying "No pictures with your friends".
00:45 December 3, 2011 by spo10
This is just ridiculous.

Pictures should bring about wonderful memories. Restricting parents from taking pictures during Lucia is simply incomprehensible. If this rule is imposed, I'm pretty sure that even during "julfest", "avslutningsfest", or any school related activities will students be prohibited from taking pictures. Thinking about it is just insane and it's all because of Facebook.
10:22 December 3, 2011 by Douglas Garner
Totally absurd... next, we will outlaw photos a sporting events and school outings. The only good thing is that we won't have to buy any more school pictures showing the whole class. While we are at it, we should probably eliminate any form of public appearance of children and have everyone wear an abayah!
10:28 December 3, 2011 by Migga
Great, let the few dictate the lifes of the many.
17:53 December 4, 2011 by Local Will
Sweden's next logical step is to outlaw all cameras including camera phones so that they can prevent someone from taking photographs in public, at public events and then posting them on Facebook?

Or maybe Facebook and other social media websites should be banned.

Personally, I am getting tired of once again giving up my personal freedoms to constantly oil the squeaking wheel.
18:20 December 4, 2011 by roodkapje

Not that difficult to get pictures after all.
06:07 December 5, 2011 by John.Smith
overboard............ way overboard.... If there were kids whose identity needs to remain secret, then their parents should ensure that those kids are in a situation where they could NOT be photographed in the first instance.

I fully understand where a small minority of asylum seekers need to have a protected identity, however it is not fair that the majority have lost the entitlement to photograph their own kids in a public setting.
18:53 December 5, 2011 by seekingthetruth
If it is to protect innocent people, than we have to give up something in return. End of story.
01:15 December 6, 2011 by blursd
Since when does anyone in a PUBLIC PLACE have any inherent reasonable expectation of privacy?
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