Tricky isn't it. I think that to save themselves going mad, the schools need to have a basic trust that all the parents are trustworthy enough, unless proven otherwise, and then look at how the risks weigh up against the benfits
At sports day the risk of letting people take photos is presumably that soem creepy parent takes photos of children in their sports tops and shorts, and posts them on the internet - or shares them with local creeps...
The benefit is that parents get keepsakes of some of their children's proudest moments.
Damn, now I'm confused. I thought it was an obvious answer in favour of letting people take photos, but the risk s so unpleasant, even though it's 1 in 10,000 sports days or whatever.
Maybe schools should get proper photographers to do the photography, and let parents buy photos of their kids.
The main reason photos are banned at childrens activities/schools is that there are child protection implications. Children in care, refuges or adopted may have to maintain their anonimity.
Photos of such children must not be published on social media sites, newspapers or openly shared with the general public in order that they are not found by anyone from their previous life.
Our school has a notice up at school concerts stating that photos can be taken by parents but only for their own private use. I feel that is the way all schools should deal with it.
I think (as a PE teacher) its a real shame if parents can't take pictures of their children on sports days or at other school events. I take loads of pictures of my twins aged 19 months and when they start school i would love to be able to photograph important events in their life that take place there as a lovely memento for the future.