More than a third of parents have been banned from taking pictures of their own children perform in nativity plays by overprotective staff.
Increased tensions over child protection and privacy has driven increasing numbers of schools to introduce blanket bans on recording the occasion.
According to a survey by parents’ site FamiliesOnline.co.uk, 38% of parents have been hit by an outright prohibition on photographing their offspring on stage.
The same survey found that 70% of mums and dads think that blanket bans are overly oppressive and ought to be revoked.
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Parents reported that schools often cite the increased risks presented by social media as a reason to prevent large amounts of images being taken.
However, opponents claim that the move unnecessarily darkens an innocent moment in children’s lives and robs parents of the ability to make decisions for their own children.
It can also be characterised as an early part of the cotton wool culture sweeping the educational system.
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