School's Bizarre Ploy To Beat Internet Perverts


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School's bizarre ploy to beat internet perverts - masking pupils with Acid House smileys

By COLIN FERNANDEZ - More by this author » Last updated at 01:04am on 6th March 2008
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A primary school has been accused of being alarmist for covering up the faces of pupils on its website – apparently to protect them from paedophiles.

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. Scroll down for more...
Smiles all round: Cann Hall Primary decided to cover pupils' faces online with 'smileys'

Headmistress Clare Reece said yesterday: "The public nature of the internet is an issue we feel strongly about.
"Not all parents want their children's picture on there.
"You can't say what is going to happen with any of those pictures."
She said that the photographs were printed unaltered in the school newsletter which was sent to parents.
But on the primary's website, the children's faces are obscured.
The school guarantees the content of the site is "child friendly", adding: "In order to protect our children, we have made the decision not to include any photos of our pupils on this website." Scroll down for more...