Making Picture DVD's for Parents???? (Long)

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  1. skittleroo

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    Is it safe to make these for families?????????????


    I have always loved taking pics of my students working (special occasions and just pics of them working in class). I put all these pics together and make a movie from them. I love doing this (free of charge) for parents as an end-of-year gift. And, my parents have ALWAYS loved this. Obviously, I always get signed permission slips from parents to allow their child to be on the DVD.

    My problem....... my bestfriend (also a teacher who has taught about 15 years) used to do this but won't do it anymore. She is VERY concerned about problems arising. I never fully understood what her problem with it was as long as she gets a signed permission form.

    Well, we were talking the other day and we got indepth with this conversation. She explained to me why she is so scared of doing the DVDs anymore. She said apparently people could get their hands on the DVDs and photoshop them into being VERY inappropriate. The way she explained it to me scared the living..........out of me. It's not anything I would think of so I never thought of these DVD's as being potentially harmful......

    I'm just wondering, am I really taking a risk by doing the DVD's??? Do you guys make them????? Why or why not?????:dizzy:
     
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    If you have permission slips from each parent whose child is in the video, and they are only distributed to these parents, I don't see the concern. A person who is so intent on harm in the way your friend fears could just as easily sneak a picture of the child at the bus stop or on the street.

    I think caution is a good thing, but I think this may go a bit too far.
     
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    I avoid putting students photos on the internet for this reason, but see no harm in the DVD. You have permission from the parents and you are sending home an item to the family not the public. I think you are fine.
     
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    Yikes, now I feel stupid! I have never even asked for permission. We send out a letter at the beg. of the year asking for perm to post on the net. If I ever had a child with "do not take pix of" I would talk specifically with those parents about him/her being on the DVD. See, I do the DVD as a surprise to parents and kids alike. Now I'm worried, will have to talk to my P about this. Thank you for bringing it up!
     
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    Our school sends out a "media permission" slip at the beginning of the year. It covers pictures, computer lab, internet use, as well as year book inclusion.
     
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    We have the same thing. I've never been worried about it, and I've never had a parent who didn't sign-off. However, this does bring up an interesting point. I guess anything could be made bad by people. It's pretty sad.:(
     
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    The district has a permission form which I use but this year one of the parents came to me asking for her child not to have her picture taken due to nasty custody issues. She didn't want a relative of her child's birth parents to see her and be able to track her down. The family lost custody due to drug issues and the child was adopted but I guess there are hard feelings.
     
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    Jeannie- I think it's a great gesture to do that for your kids and I know the parents would love it.

    Don't you hate that there are slimy people out there that make people think twice about doing something innocent like that. I made DVD's of our performances of the year to give to parents and never got any kind of permissio slip. The families were just so excited to have it (even with my less-than-professional camera work). We also send a media release at the beginning of the year from the district.

    It makes me think though, I do post a lot of pics on our website, so I guess I should do a separate one for our class and include DVD's in there. Man, some bad people just ruin it for everyone.
     
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    Yeah, I just feel so nervous when I heard this. She said a lunatic could take the DVD and alter it. How likely do you think this is?? I mean I don't think it will be likely to be done but how easy would it be???? For me, even a remote chance is too great.

    Our district also has parents sign forms about pics, but I do my own because I keep these and it details specifically what the purpose of the pics are for and the parent either selects yes or no and signs.
     
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    I too had heard of people using kid's head on pornographic material. I heard group pictures are hard for people to use those images because once they crop the head off the body it is too blurry to use. This did scare me but how is putting their picture on a dvd that you are giving to their parent different than someone scanning in the yearbook picture? I didn't make a dvd but cds - practically the same thing!

    We have district and school permission forms. I also do my own...Explaining others will have the group picture with your child in the picture. I also stress no names are used to identify children. I burned all the pictures of each child on their own cd. I had about 75 pictures of each child. Some were class pictures others the child with a few friends, most were the child alone with an art project, playing on the playground, etc.

    I didn't burn the cd and pass out to people everywhere...each child got 1...with pictures of mostly them. My parents loved them! My crafty moms were thrilled with all the good pictures for the scrapbook! I asked for a small donation and got $140 for my new paint rack! :) I plan on doing the pictures cds again this year.

    That being said, I REFUSE to put children's pictures online. That exposes their picture to many, many, people and you have no control of who is seeing that image.
     
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    I put my kid's pictures online using Shutterfly. It's secure, the only people who can view them are the ones who receive invitations.

    I had over 2,000 people looking at them, parents passed them on to family relatives and friends.

    Now, I"m wondering how safe a "secure" site is.
     
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    I actually had wondered about this, too.

    I have decided that this year I am going to do a photo scrapbook. Plus, I think it will take less time than putting the DVD together. I am going to use shutterfly or picaboo. After I take some photos that day, I will upload them to the website and put the photos on the pages. At the end of the year, I will offer the book to the parents for around $20 or at least I am going to try and keep it under that. I won't make any money for my classroom, but that is not why I do it.

    I like the DVD's, but from my own daughter's experience she has scratched her DVDs from years past and now she is unable to see the pics. If she had a photo album, then she would still be looking at the pictures.
     
  14. Miss J. Pre-K

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    I had a parent this past year who was a registered sex offender. He was not allowed in the classroom at all. I did worry about sending home newsletters with pictures, did not do any kind of send-home slideshow, and was not allowed to let any parents take pictures. I guess in this day you need to cya.
     
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    I thought of a photo scrapbook but I wasn't sure I could keep it cheap! I had way too many pictures and would have had to make each child their own. I could do it if I took less individual pictures and more group shots...hmmm...that's a thought.

    Just wanted to say Picaboo ROCKS! I have many books for my family I've made using their software! They are the best!!!:)
     

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