I'm not entirely sure which category this belongs in, I'd say it was a matter of social science but who knows where that goes? This seems like the closest equivalent... if you get bored with this explanatory post, just skip to the questionnaire in the post below it.
Anyway I'm thinking about how hysterical people get these days about anything to do with kids and their safety. It started when a friend on Facebook was panicking because she saw a woman with a camera pointed at her kid when they went out, and got so upset about it that she went and told her to stop it, without even asking her why she was doing it.
I commented, thinking, she seems to be worried that it'll be used for some evil purpose, so I proposed some possible innocent explanations: a woman who can't have kids of her own and just uses her hobby of photography to capture touching moments to smile over on rainy days. Stuff like that, harmless to my mind.
But, sadly-predictably, I was immediately lambasted by a bunch of her other contacts, all assuming that I must not have kids of my own or know how worrying it is with all these perverts that are supposedly hiding behind every corner.
Now I'm thinking (for the record I have 2 daughters), I've seen people taking photos near my kids and I haven't cared in the slightest. I mean Jesus, there have been enough times when I've been taking pics of my own kids in playgrounds, at beaches, at school events and stuff like that, and of course the odd other person's kid gets in the frame - the idea that the parents of those kids might be deeply upset if they knew that, or shocked and petrified if they found their kid, fully clothed and engaged in completely normal activities, in the background of a photo of my kids on my public gallery - well it just seems to me completely ludicrous.
Do you think it's gone too far? Cos I think it has - if the FIRST thing people are thinking when they see a guy with a camera near kids is "pedophile!!! uploading it onto perverted websites!!!" and not "photographer taking innocent pics of cute kids cos heck, everyone likes cute kids", I'm thinking it's no wonder you get things like this happening:
BBC NEWS | UK | 'I was treated like a paedophile'
BBC NEWS | UK | Adults 'scared to go near kids'
Toddler drowned, passer by didn't help for fear of being mistaken for abductor