>It's that lurking worry that the dude shooting pics of the >kids is really a pedophile waiting to pounce.
The problem I have with that suggestion about what people are thinking is that if it's actually what most of them are thinking, however briefly, it's also too grossly simplistic. I think parents readily manufacture all sorts of things - pedophiles, kidnappers, evildoers of all descriptions - because the thought of such things is awful and a convenient reason to shut out anything they don't like around their kids without actually having to engage a photographer in some 'burdensome' conversation or introduction. There aren't any greater or smaller percentages of bad people now than there have even been, and I can't force people to see or understand that.
I see that it is easy for people to be irrationally fearful of some things they don't understand when their personal and immediate sphere is involved. But the moment they see some tragedy take place on the street, their smartphones are out, the video apps are running and plenty of them are already sending clips to everyone in their address books (or the local media for a hopeful sale). Doesn't matter if kids, adults or the man in the moon is involved.
>In NYC, public >playground for young kids usually have a sign barring adults >not accompanied by a child.
And it won't be long before the highest property tax ratepayers start petitioning municipal governments for camera-free playgrounds, which will no doubt really suck when they want to take photos of their own kids! We can only hope that tiny sensors in smartphones keep getting better.