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Monday, March 29, 2010

Child Safety: Ask the audience

Today after the dentist I took the kids to the duck park and playground.  By the time we arrived there, Bun, Ham, and Squdge were asleep.  So I parked close to the playground and let Gabbers and Pookie go play. 

I squeezed myself between the two infant carseats and prepped bottles.  As I was feeding the twins, I kept an eye on Gabbers and Pookie happily playing.

Then at about 12 minutes of playing I noticed an older man, probably early sixties, was taking pictures of Pookie.  At first I thought, I must be mistaken.  I noticed a little girl he was taking pictures of too.  She looked like she could possibly be a granddaughter.  But then I saw him pointing the camera at Pookie more times than I would've liked.

What would you have done?

8 comments:

Rach said...

after feeding the infants...left them for a bit & go & talk to the man that is taking pictures...odd. But could be harmless. but makes you worry.

Cheeseboy said...

Definitely weird. I wouldn't have wanted to falsely accuse the guy though. I probably would have just left.

Kelsie Maher said...

o my gosh... I would have attacked him! Probably not the smartest idea, but I wouldn't want any crazy sicko taking pictures of my kid!

Momza said...

I would've calmly gone over and asked what he was doing and why he was taking pictures of my children.

Leslie said...

You can never be too careful with safeguarding your children. In a public area, within the confines of the base, it might have been well to approach the individual and ask what he was doing, even ask for identification. If he would be alarmed with your request, you could explain your concern of your observation and the illicit taking of photos of Pookie. If it was not a good enough explanation, pack up the kids and call the authorities and express your concern. There are too many possible child predators running loose and you can never be too careful.
By the same token, I possibly fit in that category, for I'm always taking my camera with me. Sometimes a good photo, or even subject matter can be a rewarding photo experience. But if you are suspicious of the behavior, better safe than sorry. We would all like to think that we live in a safer society and that no harm would come to our loved ones, but reality is that caution and preventive measures will give you more peace of mind. This is not Leslie.

Pop

NibblesandVittles.com said...

I agree it can be dangerous to post them on the internet.... on the other hand a pervert with a camera is going to get an extra kick out of taking the picture himself. not to mention knowing these kids are local and the area where they play is a concern - unlike the internet which is more anonymous.

that said i likely would have said "excuse me, people tend to think something is pretty weird about a man taking pictures of their kids... would you mind i ask why you have been snapping pictures of my child? b/c I'd really prefer you stopped."

A. said...

That's a hard one for me. I'm non-confrontational and would shy away from saying anything. But then again, the mama bear in me would really want to. Ideally, I would say something to him. Giving him the benefit of the doubt at first by just asking what he is taking pictures for. If he's a predator a lie is going to come forth anyway, but at least you can get a sense of his tone and reaction by asking. I like the idea of asking for an idea too that way there is some recourse if anything popped up later or seemed too odd not to report.
Strange... Hopefully he's not there next time you go.

Julie V. said...

I agree 100% with Pop...can't be too careful! Always smart to be on the safe side. Strikes me as definitely scary. Unusual for anyone to take photos of other people's kids.

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