How Do You Feel About Your Children Being Photographed in Public?
A 32-year-old mom named Victoria M. Torres was arrested in Springfield, Massachusetts earlier this week after assaulting a 22-year-old student. The reason? The girl was snapping pics near a water park for a "photography class project," and Torres confronted her, "demanding in a threatening manner" that she delete any pictures containing images of her children, according to law enforcement. Apparently, the photographer was beaten by Torres, who also tried to take the woman's camera and equipment. Yow.
While any mom would be unnerved by the idea that a stranger had taken photos of her children, it definitely seems as though this mom took her concern way too far.
It's one thing if you're afraid your child may be photographed when you're on private property, at your home, for instance, or even when they're playing on a school playground at recess. That might warrant a freak-out (albeit probably not one nearly as violent as what occurred here). But in a public place, you can't help but surrender to the fact that people are out and about and equipped with smartphones that have cameras and perhaps even advanced photography equipment.
In turn, you can't help but accept the fact that your child may be in a LOT of photos, whether you like it or not. And more often than not, it's a completely innocent occurrence; nothing that could put your child in harm's way. Of course, imagining the worst possible scenario (that a child abductor is keeping tabs on your little one) is heart-stopping for a parent. But it doesn't mean you can flip out on anyone with a camera in a public place -- or keep your kids in a bubble at home.
That said, there's no denying Torres really crossed the line. With hope, she's not only doing time for the assault, but she's able to get help that assuages her irrational fears.
How do you feel about the inevitability that your kids will be photographed in public?