N.J. Town Wants To Ban Facebook Pictures Of Kids

By David Cohen Comment

Many Facebook users posted pictures of their dads this past weekend, in recognition of Father’s Day, but if the school district in Summit, N.J., has its way, parents won’t be able to reciprocate and post pictures of their kids.

NJ.com reports that the school board is considering adding a request to its policies that parents not share photos or videos from school functions, such as sporting events and performances, via social networks such as Facebook and YouTube, citing privacy and constitutional concerns.

According to NJ.com, the move by Summit was spurred by an incident last summer in Ringwood, N.J., in which a 63-year-old man was caught taping children at a swim meet, and he told police he found girls aged 8-10 sexy.

WiredSafety executive director Parry Aftab mentioned the fact that Summit is an affluent community, telling NJ.com online predators may use children to get to their wealthy parents and saying of the parents, “They run big corporations. They’re celebrities. Their kids could easily be targeted by kidnappers.”

And Summit Superintendent Nathan Parker told NJ.com:

We’re trying to build awareness. A lot of parents don’t want their children to end up on YouTube. As nice as the technology is sometimes, it raises a lot of privacy concerns about how information is shared. Is anything private?

According to NJ.com, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban photographs or recordings of children when “a reasonable parent or guardian would not expect his child to be the subject of such reproduction.”

Readers, do you think lawmakers should be able to ban parents from posting photos of their kids on Facebook?