There have been a couple of threads recently that have touched on the question of the propriety or legality of photographing children without the consent of a parent. Personally, I haven't run into this situation often, but when I have I find that my practice "depends". A few months ago, while in the middle east, I took some photographs of children. I didn't ask them for permission and their parents were not around. When the kids noticed me photographing them, they started to ham for the camera. More recently, I was in my local park. There was a woman with her son, maybe four or five years old. The son was having a tough, but determined, time trying to drag his sled through fairly deep snow. It was an amusing sight. I took a couple of photos of him, but asked his mother first. I also sent her copies. The author of a current thread that touches on this subject, titled Legality in Toronto, says that he was questioned by police while taking photographs of children playing in a public fountain. This happened at a time when Toronto was coming to grips with the brutal slaying of a ten year old girl. On Friday, a respectable 35 year old software developer was arrested as a suspect. In another thread, a man expressed annoyance that he could not photograph his son at an ice hockey tournament in the UK because it was impossible to get the consent of all of the parents whose children were involved in the tournament. Some time ago, a photo.net participant uploaded a series of photos that she took on a bus of two boys, maybe nine or ten years old, on their way to school. It is apparent from the images that the boys were aware of the fact that they were being photographed, and that they were not very pleased. The person who uploaded these photos thought that they were amusing. I found them objectionable. What do others think of this issue?