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School ICT Policies Thread, Photos of students on network.. in School Administration; After a photo of a student was copied from the network and defaced, I have been told to remove all ...
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    Question Photos of students on network..

    After a photo of a student was copied from the network and defaced, I have been told to remove all pictures of students from the network folders that students can access . This is on the basis that it is a child protection issue and that we are breaking the law by having photos of students available for students to see. These are photos of trips, special events, sports days, music/dance/drama performances etc.

    Apart from the work involved in trawling through the 30,000 images in 9,000 folders, this just seems daft and plain wrong. The misdemeanor is in the defacement, and babies should not be chucked out with bathwater. Anyone else has policies regarding posting student photos or comments on this?

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    We had a similar situation and had hundreds of photographs of students on our intranet. After a minor incident we reviewed our situation alongside the county data / child protection policies and found that we were being negligent.

    We now recommend to all staff that they can put photos from trips, sports day etc on the intranet for a few days and then must remove them. We check about every half-term or so and delete any left on there because some people don't grasp the concept.

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    Just bizarre! Delete pictures of people you see for real everyday??

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    Interested to know on what grounds the school was being negligent...

    Also, it would seem to me that either you are or you aren't allowed to post photos and to post images for up to half a term isn't effective if there is a CP issue here.

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    Move them to the staff only share, then let the teachers copy specific ones back to pupil share when needed

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    They are, of course, going to ensure that the pupils all delete similar pics from their phones are they not?

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    Shame, as I could have loaned it to you!

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    Suggest you buy these for everyone, just in case

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    Look on the bright side - Look at all that disk space you are going to save

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    We put photos of pupils on a staff only share. Staff are not permitted to have photos in their own areas under our AUP.... this is partly to protect them from in case of allegation and mostly to give me the right to delete all jpegs from home drives to free up space!

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    All photos of students and events are published to a photo album that we host on a server using JAlbum. Only authorised users can view them and saving is disabled. Can't do anything about Print Screen but the image would be small or of a poor quality and in addition we can track where it was printed and who printed it

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    This sounds like it may hit the spot - time to play with JAlbum methinks. Thanks for the tip

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    We treat student photos as personal data and must be stored on a secure area of the network - not in user folders etc.

    Of course paper copies of photographs are all over the school and these are treated in a totally different way. Aren't paper copies subject to the same regulations?

    As a special school we take a lot of photographs - I know other special schools in our LA haven't got as far as even thinking about this yet. It is interesting to hear how other schools treat photographs of students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavhc View Post
    Suggest you buy these for everyone, just in case
    That was the first thing that I thought of to, seems to be an overkill personally. We have genuine CP considerations regarding some of our students and these kinds of policies do exist for any external publication like the internet or newsletter but if the person is already inside our network then they are almost certainly inside the school and could go and see the person directly or take a photo themselves.

    On a similar note I have a related topic, face recognition. As our policies are based more on individuals rather than everyone it would be quite useful to run face recognition on all photos on the network to make sure that none are potentially problematic. Does anyone know of anything like this that could either look through all the photos and find specific people or just catogorize every person in an image so that such photos could be removed to a secure area as in the other scenarios meantioned above. It would have to be a lot quicker than manually scanning through each one.

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    We keep all photos in a staff only file share though the students keep pics of themselves on their own home drives. There has been talk of putting these images on a secure flickr account, however i'd rather have this data in a protected location that we have control over.

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