A primary school has been accused of being alarmist for covering up the faces of
pupils on its website – apparently to protect them from pedophiles.
Bizarrely, the images have been altered with the type of smiley faces popular during the Acid House dance craze of the 1980s.
The decision was taken at Cann Hall Primary School in Clacton, Essex.
Here is the part I am having a hard time understanding in all this. Traditionally, (think back to your school years) newspapers have published student's pictures and names together when highlighting accomplishments that warranted kids getting their name in the paper (eg. touchdown in football game, winning spelling bee, won scholarships etc.). Can you imagine the lessening of the "pride factor" for Grandma and Grandpa if their loved one had been recognized with a smiley face covering what should have been their 15 minutes of fame? And what about newscasts? I mean my children have made the TV news (in a good way hahaha) and the newspaper several times- somehow it just wouldn't have been as exciting if they had been unidentified in such a way as this.
Seriously- aren't we taking this a little too far?