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30th Aug 2022

Gardaí issue warning to parents over back-to-school photos

Kat O'Connor

Gardaí have issued a warning to parents.

We can’t quite believe the back-to-school season is already here. We’ve all been busy labeling school books, ironing new shirts, preparing lunches, and rushing to Easons for last-minute stationery.

The new term crept up on us, but there’s one school tradition we haven’t forgotten about, the first-day photo.

You know the one when they’re posing at the front door, all rosy cheeks, and the uniform hasn’t got a single stain on it yet? Well, as cute as the photos may be, Gardaí have issued a warning to parents about them.

They’re urging the public not to post photos of their children in their uniforms online, especially if the school crest is visible.

They tweeted, “As schools nationwide begin to reopen this week – lots of proud loved ones will be uploading and posting photos of children in uniform.”

They’re calling on parents to be careful with what they post on social media.

They have advised parents to blur out the school logo on their child’s uniform. You should also blur out any other identifiable information from the photo.

They’ve also been told to switch off the location on their phone too.

Many of us will take the obligatory back-to-school photo at the front of the house, but Gardaí have asked parents to be careful about this.

Blurring out the number of your house is key when protecting your child’s safety online.

Parents should be vigilant about who they’re sharing the photos with, especially on social media apps like Instagram.