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Parents barred from school sports day

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To protect the kids from perverts?

How ridiculous, the best protective measure would be to allow the parents to line the sports field.

Yesterday my son’s school in South Shields held a sports day at Monkton Stadium Jarrow!

Six double decker buses were hired to transport the children, parents were not invited at all, and the children received notification the afternoon before – his school has sports fields of it’s own.

I think we are all going slightly barmy in this country.

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Written by curly

July 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

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  1. Parents were sent a letter a week before sports day saying they were not allowed to attend.


    July 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  2. Yes, quite, but why should such moments in a child’s life be hidden away from parents?


    July 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm

  3. As people have said on the forum, it is what some people do with the pictures, would you not feel the same if someone was taking photos of your kids. I think the school is right in this case from yr 7 to yr 10 all at the sports day who knows what sort of pics would be taken.


    July 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

  4. Yet, oddly many of these schools will allow the local newspaper to turn up, take pictures, and then publish them online and in print. Is there an assumption that paedos don’t buy newspapers?


    July 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  5. ive got to agree with you curly, alice, stop being so bloody stupid…

    curly, in my opinion all the parents should get together and come to an agreement that if they are banned from their own children’s sports day, then the parents should stop their children from attending the sports day altogether, if the schools persist in banning parents, then the parents should insist that their kids never attend school sports days again, no one should be allowed to dictate to parents in this way, and knowing that sport is important, perhaps parents could organise their own sports days, and be sure to ban the bloody schools from attending, parents should make a good example and show their kids that you are not living in a dictatorship, and that they can’t be pushed around, cos’ if they don’t, kids will grow up thinking that they have to obey everyone and everything, turning them into automatons, and that is bad business for democracy.


    July 6, 2009 at 3:52 am

  6. You can say as you want but at the end of the day i have the kids interest at heart, have you ever seen any pics of what these pedos do to the pics. I am not saying people are all the same, they do spoil it for the majority of people. But this day and age schools will not take that chance. The schools are trying to protect the kids this is what the Goverment have put in place so do not blame the schools blame the councillors and the goverment for there part in all of it. Since when have kids grown up thinking that they have to obey what a load of rubbish most of the kids these days are un ruley and do exactly what they want.


    July 6, 2009 at 6:37 am

  7. Call me silly if you like, but I’m not concerned with what some perverted people might think about pictures of my kids in a sack race, I’m more concerned about what they might actually do. It bothers me that the state is now going into the realms of thought crime rather than actual crime.

    There are plenty sources of child pictures in the world that they might like to feast upon, a few more of a 100 metre dash is hardly likely to cause an explosion of paedophilia, nor is it likely to cause a crash in confidence over the protection of children.

    Children are often best protected by the love of a good family (and yes, often the worst paedos are close family members), but banning parents from sharing in their child’s moments of recognition at school is not the way forward in fostering healthy participation in education, sport, or family life.

    It is merely a sign of the nanny state exerting more control, and dare I say it educationalists attempting to protect themselves (not the children) from wayward law suits, whilst following the dictats of money making insurance firms.


    July 6, 2009 at 10:27 am

  8. alice said…
    “Since when have kids grown up thinking that they have to obey what a load of rubbish most of the kids these days are un ruley and do exactly what they want.”

    think about it alice, while its true that kids are unruly these days, that can be attributed to stupid laws that tells parents that they can not behave like responsible parents and punish their kids when neccesary, as the bible say’s, spare the rod and spoil the child…

    so on one hand, we have unruly kids created by stupid laws, but on the other hand we have stupid laws being obeyed, not all unruly kids grow up to be unruly adults, and as such they become “law abiding citizens”, and while they are kids they learn that laws are to be obeyed, even stupid laws like parents not being allowed to watch their own children….

    wake up to yourself and say no to overbearing power hungry government arseholes with unfair laws thoughts and practices…

    and the bottom line concerning pedophiles, the government cannot protect your children, only you can, but what happens if the government stops you from attending important events in your childs life ??
    all of a sudden you have less control…

    and you condone this ??

    like i said alice…

    don’t be so bloody stupid.


    July 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  9. You can call me stupid, but if i clicked on a site and it had a picture of any of my kids on without permission i would go off it. There are pictures on here of kids and has anyone asked the parents permission NO. They take it upon themselves and think they can just put them on the net well i think that is wrong. Whether it is a sack race or something else the principle is the same. It is not up to me it is the goverment and councillors that do this in school and as i work in school i have to abide by that ruling so it is no good having a go at me. We are entitled to our opinion and that is mine.
    Curly would not like me taking photos of his kids and posting them on a site which he does not use often the principle is the same.


    July 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm

  10. Alice,

    why are parents never up in arms when they see their bonny bairns in newspaper photos, or when the whole class picture is published in a newspaper.

    Is the newspaper any different in reporting a sports day than a website is?


    July 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm

  11. It is totally different, to having you pic put on the internet, as i said before you would not like me taking pics of your kids and posting them on the net without your say so.


    July 7, 2009 at 7:15 am

    • I wish I could see the difference but I cannot, I’ve just done a search on Google Images for “school class” and it turned up almost 100 million results, so perhaps many people are quite happy to see innocent pictures of childhood on the internet.


      July 7, 2009 at 8:18 am

  12. Maybe some people are but i would not have been happy if someone took my childs pic and put it on the net without my say so. At schools they get parents to sign a form saying they can have there pics taken and published in the paper the kids who have not had there forms signed do not get the pics taken. This is the rule at my school. The difference is people taking photos of kids and putting them on the net without the say so of parents, with the papers they ask who ever is with the child if it is ok to publish the pics i.e in the bents park or the carnival.
    I know things have changed over the years and maybe we are a bit over the top with the pics but that is what the law states and until they change it there is not a lot people can do.
    I still think that people should be asked if they want thier pics put on the net and especially of children maybe again over the top but that is my opinion.


    July 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    • Don’t know which law you are following Alice, but it isn’t a British one. I was at the carnival on Saturday and the Bents Park on Sunday, I took loads of pictures, which presumably you have already looked at, so did the Gazette’s photographer and neither I nor him had the time to ask each and every person in the parade or the crowd if it was OK to snap away. If we had done you would end up with newspapers and websites totally devoid of pictures, or you would see the news three days later, it just isn’t a practical proposition.

      I stick by what I originally said, decisions by schools to ban parents from sports days do nothing to protect children or parents, it’s the wrong decision and plays into the hands of “Daily Mail readers”, it will certainly do nothing to curtail the activities of those it is trying to protect against.

      Nanny state gone mad!


      July 7, 2009 at 7:41 pm

  13. “I know things have changed over the years and maybe we are a bit over the top with the pics but that is what the law states and until they change it there is not a lot people can do.”

    “The law” states that there is no presumption of privacy in a public place and there is nothing you can do about anyone taking photo’s of either you or your children. If you don’t like it then don’t take your children out in public.

    By the way, your child has a far far far greater chance of being killed in a traffic acident than they do of any kind of encounter with a sexual predator. I suggest you go back to your copy of the daily mail.

    Peter Smith

    July 7, 2009 at 6:32 pm

  14. alice said….
    “You can call me stupid”

    thanks alice/stupid, having your permission to call you stupid makes me realise that i wasn’t wasting my time…

    so alice, what is stopping pedophiles from videotaping tv news segments of children at carnivals etc and putting it up on the internet ??

    your argument with curly doesn’t hold water….

    if you keep insisting on giving a demonstration of your intelligence, you should stick to your trivia site along with your boyfriend globalmyths.


    July 8, 2009 at 4:08 am

  15. Oh dear Madmarvin you have to bring the topic down name calling is so childish, i still stand by what i said but saying this thread is going to the gutter i will not bother.


    July 8, 2009 at 6:20 am

  16. make up your mind woman, either you give permission to be called stupid or you don’t, which by the way, is not namecalling, it’s stating the obvious…

    now get back in your kennel…


    July 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

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