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New Jersey may ban all photos of kids - goodbye art for preps pages

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Small Town Guy, May 9, 2011.

  1. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Some old creepy dude was taking pictures of girls at a youth swimming event because he found them sexy.

    From there, New Jersey lawmakers think it'd be a good idea to ban pictures of children in public "when a reasonable parent or guardian would not expect his child to be subject of such reproduction."

    But since that'd probably be unconstitutional - well, not probably, it is - they might narrow it.

    Pictures of wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, track and field, football shots of asses, basketball players who still wear John Stockton shorts and cross country runners will now be, what, child porn? A clash of readers, between those with an irrational fear of stranger danger and those will be pissed off that papers are costing their kids scholarships. And if a parent - a reasonable parent - signs a waiver, will they be signing some paper that says it's okay to photograph their child's clothed genitalia?

  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I would hope no working photogs would be taking pictures of "only the genital region" of minors.
  3. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    From the sound of it, the kooky parent means ANY picture that includes the genital region. That means no full body shots, or anything below the waist. God help the SE who runs a football picture where someone is getting tackled and the out-of-focus linebacker wandering around in the background only has his bottom half in the picture.
    The way I read it, even this picture would be illegal:

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  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Don't tread on me!
  5. GidalKaiser

    GidalKaiser Member

    Just when I think this society can't get any (pick one), it does.
  6. Cape_Fear

    Cape_Fear Active Member

    I would think a reasonable parent or guardian would expect newspaper photographers at an event.
  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I saw absolutely nothing in that story that says anything of the sort. And Cape_Fear has it right...
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  8. WTFünke

    WTFünke Member

    Then again, since when have swim parents ever been reasonable? /snark

    On a side note, I think this might be the first time I'm actually in agreement with the reader comments. They all seem to think this is a stupid idea.
  9. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

    No more high school wrestling photos, that's for damn sure.
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Reasonable parents can become quite unreasonable when they aren't there! Hopefully, the press association will show the legislature what the unintended consequiences are. When we ask the kids to come down to the office so we can get potraits for the all-county team, we ask everyone to wear a uniform top, except the water polo and swiming kids, for fear the shots will end up in the wrong places on the Internet.
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    The last two paragraphs of the story...

    I get the meaning of what she's saying, but if there's a parent out there crazy enough to come up with this idea -- and legislators crazy enough to take it to this level of discussion -- I've got to believe there's someone crazy enough to count the number of groins in that picture and take some sort of offense.
    Sure, they're probably the same type of people that see vaginas and penises buried in the folds of the Mona Lisa's dress, and hear the devil telling kids to commit suicide when they play a Judas Priest record backward. Only now, they'd have the force of law on their side.
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  12. TheHacker

    TheHacker Member

    The school system in my community requires parents of high school athletes to sign a release acknowledging that games may be photographed or videoed by media outlets. Anytime our place does a non-sports school story (which is, like, every week) we have to make sure the kids involved in whatever we're shooting have had their parents sign a similar release. We've actually had situations where we can't run a photo because we shot a kid at some school event whose parents didn't sign. But we've never had that issue with sports. One of these days, I'm sure some athlete's parents will come along and refuse to sign the release. We'll jump off that bridge when we get to it.

    There isn't much of a way to stop some perv with a camera from showing up in a public place and shooting. It's up to parents and school admin to be vigilant. I don't think you can legislate it.
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