NOTE: Jump to the 40 minute mark for the discussion on sharing photos of your kids.
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DISCUSSION TOPIC: PHOTOGRAPHING AND SHARING PHOTOS OF CHILDREN
FACTS AS WE KNOW THEM:
- Heather Whitten is a documentary/lifestyle photographer, and mother of 4
- She is being taken to court by child services, no criminal charges have been levied
- Posted photo of her husband and 1yr old child in the shower.
- Child was sick with salmonella poisoning, husband was caring for him.
- Photo was on facebook, got reported by a person who saw it to local authorities
- Police immediately declined to bring charges
- Child Services is taking her to court. Of the claim Whitten says:
- “The only claim she was able to suggest be substantiated against me [and me alone] was that I neglected to supervise our children by allowing their images to be online and so put them at an unreasonable risk of harm,” says Whitten. “This goes against Arizona’s very definition of neglect and encroaches on my right as an artist to share my work with the public.”
- If she loses the case, she will be on Arizona’s Central registry for 25 years, and will be barred from working with children as a photographer, and will not be allowed to adopt or foster any children.
- How do you feel about this image?
- Do you feel it is appropriate to take photos of this nature of your own children?
- As parents, should we be sharing images like this?
- When should a child have the right to dictate how images of them are used/shared?
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