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    Having a great play at the park with your young children when a man walks up who is seemingly unconnected to any of the present families/kids, takes a seat right by the park and starts filming the playing children with his phone. You can see your kids are in the shot.

    What do you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    Having a great play at the park with your young children when a man walks up who is seemingly unconnected to any of the present families/kids, takes a seat right by the park and starts filming the playing children with his phone. You can see your kids are in the shot.

    What do you do?
    If your feeling brave directly ask why are you filming my kids?

    If not get your kids and get out of there. Warn others around you without drawing too much attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candiceo View Post
    If your feeling brave directly ask why are you filming my kids?

    If not get your kids and get out of there. Warn others around you without drawing too much attention.
    This. I think it would depend entirely on how I was feeling - how high my anxiety was sitting. Though if I was with DH I would say something to him and he would have no problem approaching someone and telling them not to film our kid and demanding they delete it in front of him.

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    I'd ask him what on earth he thinks he's doing, remind him that it's illegal to film children without their parents permission and demand he delete it. If he refused, I'd try take a picture of him or at least get a mental description and contact the police. You can never be too careful.

    I have no problem causing a scene for the safety of children, and have done so before. (Pretty much same situation, was at a kids event and random foreigner walked up and was filming kids on the slide, confronted him and he actually tried to run away)
    If I was with my DF he would be a lot more forceful in his approach.

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    I would go somewhere he couldn't see/hear me & call police

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointless1 View Post
    I would go somewhere he couldn't see/hear me & call police
    A lot of things I am meh about but the Op's story bothers me a lot. And I agree with this advice.

    Report to the police. It could be that he is a serial offender.

    I would even call the police now and explain what happened.

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    This is very serious, not just a bystander watching.

    I'd call the police and report him, film him inconspicuously and wait for them to show up. I would not confront him as I'd want him to be confronted and caught by authorities.

    This is unacceptable behaviour.

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    This has happened to me....well without the filming...but man on his own, started playing with kids and tried taking photos of them. The women in the park all suddenly were on high alert, one called the police, I called my kids over and watched him closely, taking a mental image of him (I didn't have my phone...if I did I'd have at least taken a photo).
    If he had taken a photo of my kids I would have approached him and told him to delete it.

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    This happened to us at the kids waterpark thing at southbank in brisbane.
    Guy was wandering around pulling his phone part way out of his pocket in a completely suss way.
    Ended up getting hubby out of the water, I watched the girls and he confronted him. Basically him and another guy tried to corner / detain him without touching him and then calling the police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointless1 View Post
    I would go somewhere he couldn't see/hear me & call police
    Agreeing with this. But I'd go to near where another parent is so that others could keep an eye on him. I know if my DP saw this the guy wouldn't be able to stand anymore if he was caught filming our kids


 

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