Dear me it has been while since I have awarded my prestigious, and world famous, "Prats of The Week" award.
This week, without any doubt whatsoever, the judges were unanimous in their decision to award it to Cann Hall Primary School in Clacton, Essex.
It seems that Nanny's unhealthy obsession with paedophilia has reached new heights of hysteria there, as the school have published photos of their pupils (perfectly innocent and non offensive) with the children's faces hidden by a smiley from the acid house days of the 80's.
Well, seemingly, the school believes that by showing the actual faces the kids will be exposed to all sorts of paedophile shit.
All very well, if Britain has become a nation of paedophiles and if the kids names and addresses etc were also published.
However, as far as I can tell none of that is the case.
However, in Nanny's world, fear is the key to keeping good order.
Headmistress Clare Reece said:
"The public nature of the internet is an issue we feel strongly about.
Not all parents want their children's picture on there.
You can't say what is going to happen with any of those pictures.
In order to protect our children, we have made the decision not to include any photos of our pupils on this website."
Surely the safety of the kids is the key issue, not the safety of the pictures??
Rather bizarrely, she went on to say that the photographs were printed unaltered in the school newsletter which was sent to parents.
How can the school guarantee that the recipients of the newsletter won't do anything weird with the pictures?
This whole idea is of course bollocks:
1 The children's personal safety is not impaired one way or another by having their face shown, so long as there are no personal details, eg address, disclosed
2 This sends a message to kids that all adults are predators, and should be feared. How healthy a message is that to give them?
3 It also, I have to say, looks very odd indeed and bit weird/sick to do this.
4 Why bother putting photos up at all?
5 School photos have been taken for decades, to show pride and achievement. Millions of us have survived having had our photo taken at school (and displayed), without being dragged off the street by some stalker. The worst that would happen would be the ridicule of one's contemporaries.
I am not alone in thinking this is all bollocks.
Shaun Kelly, spokesman for Children's charity NCH, said:
"The images shocked me, actually. What message is it giving?
It looks very, very odd. If you want to obscure children's faces you can obscure them with pixels.
We need to be cautious about taking images of children out of the media."
Frank Furedi, a sociology professor at the University of Kent, was even more cutting:
"Every time a school takes silly measures, it says we see the world through the eyes of a paedophile.
They think that any innocent picture of school children will somehow be subverted and manipulated.
These pictures serve a very important purpose of giving children clear images of their experiences, something they can remember later in life.
Depriving ourselves of these experiences is not only irrational but serves no purpose whatsoever."
Rather bizarrely, the school has now taken down the pictures; a message on the website did say:
"Our newsletter section is undergoing maintenance. Back soon!"
However, that has now disappeared too.
I smell a cock up of the first magnitude!
Nanny has a sick mind, and she is trying to infect us with her fears and phobias.
Cann Hall Primary School (or rather those in charge of Cann Hall Primary School) well deserving Prats of The Week.