Ballyboughal, Fingal North Co Dublin. Est Feb '08

Ballyboughal National School to set up its own Web site


We got a notice home today from Ballyboughal NS that they intend to set up a school Web site.  The notice also informed parents of the schools intention to publish photographs of activities taking place in the school, and they also asked for parents permission to have their kids photograph on the Web site.  I very much doubt they intend to publish individual photos of each child, I think its more “If your child is in the activity photograph”.

I know the sounds of it may strike fear into the hearts of most parents due to the horror stories you may hear. But, I think if the school can do it and do it in a sensible way.  There is no real easy solution to protecting photos online unless they are contained within a private group, but even still someone from within that group could download and share it else where.

What the school could do is limit the amount of information within each photo and restrict the file size so if an image is resized it looses quality. They could also use scripts to prevent it from being saved locally,but that does not prevent the image from being captured using  a screen grab for example.

Putting photos online has the same kind of worry to your child playing out on the street, will they be safe?


  1. Putting a child in a glass case will not save them from death.

    As parents we must prepare our children to lead a full and fruitful life. If we over protect them how can they learn? You can’t treat a younster like a child until 18 and then push them off to University and expect them to instantly become adults. We have to teach them to deal with danger and todays world is full of them.

  2. Exactly, but moving forward with technology more and more schools are going to come online. They have to manage parents expectations and cope with the cotton wool parents.

    Nobody likes the idea of their photo being taken on the fly but fact is now its part of every day like once you walk outside your hall door CCTV etc.

  3. Thanks for your help, this is really informative stuff! Can’t wait to read some more.

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