Photos of Children--Be Careful!

Rachael Maddock-Hughes
Posted January 20, 2012 from United States

Dear Correspondents,

Many of you have written about subjects close to your heart--the well-being of children around the world. You have written about girls education in Nepal and Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria.

In many of your pieces, you have also posted photos of children. You must be absolutely sure that you have received permission from these children's parents or guardians and that putting your photo up in no way might cause harm or trauma to the children. Please read: Children, The UN Convention and the Media: http://www.kidsfirst.org/articles-info/child-un.htm; and International Federation of JournalistsÂ’ Draft Guidelines and Principles for reporting on issues involving children, http://csecworldcongress.org/PDF/en/Yokohama/Press_materials/Media%20gui....

If you have gotten these pictures from an NGO website (such as Save the Children or Care), you are probably safe--but make sure to note what organization takes credit for the photo. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Kind regards,

Rachael

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Ifesinachi Sam-Emuwa
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012

I appreciate your correction, its really helpful. Never the less, some of the pictures where adapted from an NGO report on FGM Compiled by Laura Reymond, Asha Mohamud, and Nancy Ali.

Also some pictures where from Safehaven International, an NGO that works on FGM in Nigeria that I interviewed.

Thank you.

CHEERS

Ifesinachi

Rachael Maddock-Hughes
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012

Thanks for that update. If you can just make sure you note where the pictures come from clearly, that would be great!

R

Ifesinachi Sam-Emuwa
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
Celine
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012

Thank you so much Rachael for pointing that out. I was nursing that feeling and just on time, your post came.

Thank you so much Ify for the explanation, but alternatively, I am just thinking that you may remove some of those ones below.

Celine.

Amie Bojang-Sissoho
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 22, 2012

I'm so glad that you have brought up this issue of using pictures. For instance in my organization we do not allow people to take pictures similar to those posted because we had a backlash when some people used and abused them out of the context of training and creating awareness. It is important to be aware of the consequences of using pictures in general and of children in particular.

Great advice.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 23, 2012

Thanks for the reminder Rachael.

Pauline

Usha K.C.
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 24, 2012

Dear Rachael, I got late to response your information as I had gone to visit my village where no internet is available.

By the way, thank you very much for important information. About the pictures I uploaded are taken from Google search and the one which is group of girls is from http://rara-lake.com/children-gam-ghadi.html . I have sent them email to take consent after seeing your message and waiting their response. The one appeared on top of the post is taken by me where the little one is my own daughter. And the one which is girl carrying baby is from http://www.hirsi.nl/foto-van-nepalees-meisje-met-zusje-bij-hun-winkel . So my question is now, can I update my post (pictures only) to give the source of picture? Looking forward to have your response.

hug

Usha K.C.
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 25, 2012

Yes, now I got the cosent and both pictures are of same person he has sent me the email and asked me to give his website as source :)