[Linux-aus] Working with children (Education Expo)
sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Wed Jun 21 20:21:03 UTC 2006
As promised on the #slug IRC channel, I have made some enquires about what is
recommended/required when working at a child-friendly event such as this
weekend's Education Expo in Sydney. I have some friends who do this kind of
thing for a living, and they have been very informative.
A police check is not necessary for an event like the Education Expo. If it
was, I would imagine that the organisers would have made that clear.
Nevertheless, it is highly recommended. If it cannot be done prior to the
event, it can still be useful to have it performed afterwards. This applies
to anyone and everyone who will be at the event, not just people who wear
costumes and/or actively interact with children.
At all times, people wearing special suits (e.g. penguin costumes) should be
accompanied by another person, acting as a minder. This is a precautionary
measure, with the minder acting as a guide and witness to events. Such suits
can impair vision and manoeuvrability, which is not ideal when you have
children running around. Younger children can be careless and difficult to
see. One must be careful not to accidentally knock a child over. Some older
children can be aggressive towards people in suits, who often can't
adequately defend themselves due to the lack of mobility.
A child can only be cuddled if a parent/guardian is present and explicitly
allows it. Acceptable alternatives include high-fives and pats on the back.
If photographs are taken, they should be approved by the subject(s) first. A
suitable excuse is that they are to be used for "promotional purposes". In
our case, photos are just a fun way to get people involved. Presumably, we'll
be doing something similar to what we did at CeBIT, where we offered to
e-mail the photos to the subjects.
Suit wearers need to take some precautions for themselves. Firstly, they
should drink plenty of water. Those suits can get very hot, and heavy
perspiration is inevitable. It is recommended that nobody spends more than
thirty consecutive minutes (or forty-five at an absolute maximum) inside a
suit. Following their stint, they should spend an equal amount of time
outside of the suit to allow for their body to hydrate and oxygenate.
I realise that some of these rules may seem unnecessary, but they are standard
practice in the industry, given the unfortunate risk of litigation these
Sridhar Dhanapalan [Yama | http://www.pclinuxonline.com/]
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