Privacy Issues and Photos of Students

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  1. gutterballjen

    gutterballjen Comrade

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    I'm working on my online portfolio right now, and really want to post a few pictures of students I've worked with on there, as well as examples of work they've done.

    My biggest concern is their identity. I won't say which school they go to, or post their names under any pictures. Only their first name is on their work. When I took the pictures of the students, I asked both their teacher as well as the aide for permission. They know that I'm working on my portfolio, and there were several times they offered to take pictures for me.

    I feel like I'm missing something. The last thing I want to do is have privacy issues with my portfolio. Any ideas?
     
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  3. mmswm

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    The easiest solution would be to use photo shop to obscure faces.....
     
  4. Hoot Owl

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    Absolutely. You don't have time to get parents' permission.
     
  5. gutterballjen

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    What if I wanted to post a picture of the class and I together? I couldn't blur out all of their faces.
     
  6. mmswm

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    You can blur out everything but you. I forget how I did it, but I was able to make a selected part of a photo "out of focus", while the rest stayed in focus. That should be enough.
     
  7. bros

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    Yeah, use the Lasso tool in photoshop and apply a Gaussian Blur (probably around 1.5-3.0 would do it)
     
  8. gutterballjen

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    I just went into Picnik since I don't have photoshop, and did it that way. Hopefully, everyone's just blurry enough.
     
  9. Rox

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    I know you probably already have the pictures and can't go back and take more pictures, but you can use pictures of yourself with only the backs of students' heads. You could also take pictures of work done by students or bulletin boards instead.
     
  10. BioAngel

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    With print items that I will be holding to but will possibly show other people, I don't worry about it. On my web-site, I often will crop the picture so you can still see the student manipulating something but can not see the face. I also try to get pictures with their faces to the side.

    Better safe than sorry though--- try to decide which ones you can use.
     
  11. Amanda

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    Check out LittleGiraffes.com - When I took over the site, part of the transition involved modifying the photos of students. I either cropped photos so faces were not visible or used pixelation to obscure the faces. Here's a good example:
    http://www.littlegiraffes.com/zoo.html
     
  12. SpecSub

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    Speaking as a parent, I would be pretty upset if my children's pictures were on some website somewhere for all the world to see, where I have no control over who sees it and in what context. I am very careful about their images being posted online. If I was asked my permission for your project, I would say no. If I found out it was done without my consent, I would complain to the school at the very least.
     
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    I understand, and please correct me if I'm wrong, that pixelation can be reversed so that the images are sharp again.
     
  14. MissSkippyjonJones

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    To add to this: I just did an image search to find my new avatar and one of the pictures that showed up was a little girl who made a Skippyjon pumpkin for Halloween. The site it was on showed all of the students in the class with their pumpkins, had their names, and in the background you could see the name of the school. That bugged me a lot!
     
  15. bros

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    No, it cannot. The real world is not CSI.

    The images SHOULD be cut and paste into a blank thing BEFORE being saved and uploaded, as to remove the possibility (As there is something called EXIF data on images)
     
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    I know that they did it to child pornography to the photos of a perpetrator who had blurred his own face. They simply reversed the blurring technique. I was not sure if this technology was only available to "CSI" people or to the general public.
     
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    Just to play the devil's advocate: I went to a technology in education workshop where the key note speaker made a very good point for publishing the kids work/photo with their name. His argument was good. He said that by the time most kids graduate they are going to have thousands of personal things on the internet, mostly things through sites like facebook, myspace, flickr, blogs, ect. Most of this stuff is the kids being goofy - however, employers are going to be looking at this stuff. It would be nice to have not only their goofy stuff, but stuff that represents their accomplishments and work ethic. An online portfolio if you will.

    That having been said, I totally understand your reluctance to use your kid's images.
     
  18. bros

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    A lot of the times, people tend to just save over the image from the camera, this leaves behind extra data, which can show what was there originally.

    I am sure that a dedicated photoshopper could reverse the blur, but they most likely would not bother.

    I know with pixelization, there is some software that a person can code, that looks at an image and attempts to recreate it without the blur, but it can take days to reverse it. (But I am sure that local/state/federal investigators have much more complex software than that)
     
  19. MissSkippyjonJones

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    When the kid is an adult and chooses to post their own items on the internet then that's their choice. When it's someone else's decision AND that decision could possibly exploit or harm the child due to all the sickos in the world, then I'm not okay with it.
     
  20. Hoot Owl

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    You'd have a right to legal restitution.
     

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