[Linux-aus] Working with children (Education Expo)

Pia Waugh greebo at pipka.org
Fri Jun 23 00:07:04 UTC 2006

Hi Sridhar,

<quote who="Sridhar Dhanapalan">

> 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.

Thanks for finding this out! :)

> A police check is not necessary for an event like the Education Expo. If it 

At this point, we don't really have time, but we should all keep that in
mind for future events. :)

> 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 

Coolies, I nominate you to accompany Terry in the penguin suit :)

> 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.

That makes sense.

> If photographs are taken, they should be approved by the subject(s) first. A 

Sure. I think group photos are ok though if people's details aren't too

> Suit wearers need to take some precautions for themselves. Firstly, they 
> should drink plenty of water. Those suits can get very hot, and heavy 

Terry, Mary and Tony Green found this out the hard way at CeBIT :)

Thanks Sridhar! Rock :)


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