Recently a fellow peer blogger, Rachel posted about ‘Facebook – What age is appropriate?‘ She discussed about children using Facebook and also about Facebook’s recommendation that one must be at least 13 years old to have a Facebook account. Unsupervised usage and revealing of personal details including photos are just a few topics for debates on this issue.

I decided to investigate a little further on the topic of photographing children. As I googled for further information, a few interesting article popped up.

  • Images of Children (Play by the Rules, n.d.) – This article provides some strategies on acquiring and displaying images and brief information about Australian law.
  • Using Photographs of Children for Publication (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, n.d.) – This article by a UK-based organisation gives an overview about the risks of photographing children, minimising the risks and useful links.
  • There is No Law against Photographing Children (Lewis, 2008) – This is slightly entertaining and thought-provoking personal view of a lady from the UK who speaks about the absence of a Law against photographing children.

I think the general rule of thumb with regards to photographing children and how you are going to use it, is that we should always ask permission of their guardian/parents and asking the children themselves (especially if they know how to speak already). This respects both parents and children as growing individuals. What say you? 😀


  • Lewis, J. (2008, June 28). There is No Law against Photographing Children. Retrieved March 5, 2013, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3559975/There-is-no-law-against-photographing-children.html
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. (n.d.). Using Photographs of Children for Publication. Retrieved March 5, 2013, from http://www.nspcc.org.uk/inform/trainingandconsultancy/consultancy/helpandadvice/photographs_wda47845.html
  • Play by the Rules. (n.d.). Images of Children. In Child Protection. In Legal Stuff. Retrieved March 5, 2013, from http://www.playbytherules.net.au/legal-stuff/child-protection/images-of-children