Child Protection, Poverty Tourism, Responsible Tourism, South East Asia, Tourism, Travel

Photographing Children

Yesterday I came across a blog titled ‘Hannah vs. The Street Kids’, about a lady who wouldn’t buy from the child street sellers (very good), but played a game of ‘paper, rock, scissors’ to determine whether she would or wouldn’t This whole encounter was filmed, titled and placed on YouTube. It also featured the name of the child seller.

This was my feedback on the blog (which is still waiting approval as of 10:33am Cambodian time, 22nd March):

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It really irks me how this child’s vulnerability was highlighted, and although this lady knew not to buy from street children, she still filmed them. The rules in western countries are getting much more strict about filming children, why don’t tourists take that same attitude when travelling?

Note: The parents of our students at HHA sign photo release forms so we can take photos in accordance with our child protection policy to use for fundraising and marketing purposes.