I want to thank the parents and families who attended the nativity today and respected the request not to take photos or videos. We have shared individual photos in bags tonight to ensure you have a keepsake.
In our privileged and fortunate lives it is hard to imagine why parents may ask for their child’s photo not to be taken. Strangely this quote was on social media tonight-
“PLEASE THINK BEFORE SHARING PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHILDREN!
Christmas is almost here and so are special events like nativity plays, Christmas parties,Santa visits etc... As parents or carers we naturally want to treasure the memory of such events by taking photos or videos - and then understandably sharing these with family and friends. The most common form of doing this is currently via social media.
However, please think before sharing these photos if they include other children because you could be putting them at risk. Children who are in foster care, are adopted, have fled from domestic violence situations, are subject to court orders or witness protection programmes could all be put in severe danger if their photos are shared on social media. Also by the very nature of these issues, their parents/carers are unlikely to let people know about this and rely on others being respectful to their privacy.”
I know we have families who are very grateful for your understanding and compliance with the request.