You cant take pictures at the swing park! What the f**k.

Michelle - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I took my daughter to play on the swings for the first time yesterday, i took my camera with me to catch the moment and as i walked onto the park there was a sign stating that you couldnt use your camera in the area and if you were caught doing so you would face a police interview and a fine. What the f**k....

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Vicki - posted on 08/22/2009

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LOL. Wow. This is a little over the top. Maybe it's a better idea to leave your child, go outside the park fence, and take photos from there?



I can understand that in certain circumstances, be it at school or playgroups, parents are asked to sign whether or not their child might be allowed to be photographed, and have that photo used in a collage or paper or what have you. Some people prefer to decline. Great. Can you imagine in a public park, another parent might kindly ask you delete a photo that captured their child in the background? Unlikely, but there are all sorts out there.



For the record, I live across the street from a kids' playground and waterpark, and from my balcony my camera can zoom in on peoples' faces. I'd be more concerned about a creep across the street than a parent in the park taking photos.

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Christa - posted on 08/22/2009

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I know this may cause debate and no offensive to ANYONE...but if a park in your neighborhood has a sign in the park that says this.....MOVE!!!

Krista - posted on 08/22/2009

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In all actuality, the only place that I've come across it is one that is operated and maintained daily by the government. Many of the city owned wading pools, pools and parks that have daily recreational activities do not allow you to take pictures. I doubt anyone would stop me from doing so in a little park somewhere.

Lindsay - posted on 08/22/2009

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This just seems so foreign for me because in my happy little state of Kentucky, I haven't come across places that you aren't allowed to take pictures. I somewhat understand that it's a protection thing but don't quite see what good it will do. If it's to protect from pediphiles and such, are they going to ban cell phones as well. If someone out there is looking to get pictures of a child, do you really think they are going to pull out a camera or discretely snap a picture on their phone? I really think it's over the top and provides more headaches than good.

Krista - posted on 08/22/2009

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In this day and age with photo stalking turning into real stalking, can you really blame them? It's an inconvenience for sure, but they're doing it to protect children. There are countless places that you cannot take pictures anymore. Swimming pools, parks, daycares...yadda. It's a protection thing. It's the unfortunate effect of the life we live in today.

Iris - posted on 08/18/2009

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I think it's over the top. I'm glad to say that I haven't seen any sign like that here in Hawaii.

ME - posted on 08/18/2009

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This is crazy...I've never seen such a sign, not at the park we used in Denver, and not at the ones near my home in IL...I understand the sentiment behind it, but I also agree that if there are other parents at the park, and you get their permission, you ought to be in the clear. I've got tons of pics of Miles on the swings...they are darling, and I can't imagine being told I couldn't take them.

Konda - posted on 08/17/2009

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I think it is stupid for this reason.....last summer, a man at our local water park, it's a large park, was taking pictures of little girls in their swimsuits....BUT he was using his camera phone...now he f'd-up by not turning off the shutter noise and a mother heard it go off and saw what he was doing.....turns out he was a TEACHER, and had tons of child porn on his computer at home....thank goodness in Louisiana there is a video-voyeurism law and he was arrested and therefore they were able to search his home. He is now in jail.



But my point is pervs are going to find a way to take pictures or what have you.....so outlawing people taking pics of their kids is just plain dumb!

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I'd write a nasty letter to teh editor of the local newspaper showing your disappointment at not being able to capture teh moment of YOUR child at a PUBLIC park in which you pay taxes. Oh! And snap a picture of the friggin' sign while your at it and ASK where teh law is stated LEGALLY on the books and the consequence. I do understand protecting your child and all, but show me proof that it is a legal statute of the law! Idiots!

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Is this in the US? I've never heard of such a thing! Like everyone else, I understand the reasoning behind it (like Jenn said with absolving the city of responsibility) but c'mon....we just took Jacob to the park yesterday and I got a BUNCH of pics of him. I think also like Jenn said, if there was a sign there prohibiting cameras at the park, I'd just ask the other parents if they minded if I took pictures of my child. Otherwise, I'd probably end up getting interviewed a lot by the police. That's just stupid.

Lindsay - posted on 08/17/2009

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I totally agree, Jenn, the city is probably trying to avoid any responsibility. I would also go ahead and take my camera and take pictures of my child. If you had to do an interview with the police over it, I would just say "This was my daughter's first time out swinging. I wanted the memory." Surely they can't fine you for photographing your own child. Now, if someone else got caught photographing a child they shouldn't be, then they can get in trouble over that.

~Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2009

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...honestly...I would still bring my camera nad take pictures of MY child. If there were other people around, i would simply ask them if they were uncomfortable with me having a camera for purposes of photographing my own child at the PUBLIC park. I would appreciate the fact that they don't want 'just anyone' snapping photos of 'any' child....but really, if a pedo wants pictures of your kids, they'll just use a longer lens and stand farther away......(think paparazzi lens)

I see it more as a way to exclude the city from lawsuits, and absolve them from the responsibility of having to patrol the parks looking for the 'odd' bystander in regards to the 'safety' of the park, but i'm pretty 'politically cynical' in the first place.

JL - posted on 08/17/2009

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Geez...The world is getter crazier. That to me goes a bit overboard. Now I get putting up a sign that says no adults without children admitted in the park because I go to parks that have those signs but not allowing a parent to bring in a camera is stupid.

Kate CP - posted on 08/17/2009

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I think it's to keep the pervs from scouting out victims. Still a bit over-blown if you ask me.

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i think thats taking child safety too far, yes we want our children to be safe but to stop you taking pictures is silly. i see why it has been done but it is a little extreme xx

Charlie - posted on 08/17/2009

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Wow ! the world has gone insane . Soon you wont be able to take children out of the home till they are 18 years old .

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