Yesterday YouTube added a new feature, that allows users to easily blur faces in the videos they upload.
"As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them. According to the international human rights organization WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.”
I think this will prove popular with, some, schools. Whist there may be rare cases when face blurring be appropriate in a school video, I suspect most of the time it will be used unecessarily. My own view is it sets children 'apart,' creates an atmosphere of mistrust or even makes them look like 'suspects' Please add your thoughts in the comments.
Having said that, I do think it is a good move on YouTube's part to offer this facility.