Regarding the Resolution…

Post moved from the top of the blog while we await the results from State Sesion!

Update, 10/1–Resolution has been assigned to the “Good of the Order” Committee for discussion and recommendation.

Update, 9/12–Resolution has been supported unanimously by Valley Grange and Piscataquis Pomona and has been officially submitted to Maine State Grange Headquarters.

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Valley Grange is sponsoring a resolution within the Grange organization to “Protect the photographs of and information about children.” This post will remain at the “top” of our site through state conference in late October and include occasional updates and information regarding both the resolution and the issue.

One reaction that’s been interesting is how many people have not given much thought to the issue, perhaps because we do not like (or fully understand) the impact of technology on the world we are living in. The unfortunate fact is, for a number of different reasons, an increasing number of parents are not anxious to have photos or information regarding their children posted on the Internet where it is instantly available to billions of people. This resolution effectively asks our organization to consider how we might accommodate those preferences. Note this resolution is not Grange Policy–it asks our organization to create one.

Equally interesting is how, once sensitized, many people agree this is an area of concern. We are seeing interest in this resolution developing from outside Maine and, while we may bemoan the need we can laud the concern.

The following links will offer at least an introduction… As the author of the resolution, I would strongly urge parents to consider reading the book “Talking Back to Facebook” by James P. Steyer. It will help you understand and think through how you will help, protect, and teach your child about some of the impacts of technology. Another good source of information is Common Sense Media.

Read the resolution here.

Some additional resources:

An article published by the NY Times in October 2009 reveals a number of incidents where children were endangered or embarassed as a result of photos online. (An ad will show first, give it a few seconds.)

About Dot Com provides a short discussion of the risks associated with posting children’s photos online and some links to resources and further reading for parents.

WikiPedia Discussion of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)

WikiPedia Discussion of COPA (Children’s Online Protection Act)

Wikipedia Discussion of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

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