The story of the never seconds blog, is a far more complicated one than is being made out in the media. In short, a nine year old Scottish pupil has been reviewing her school lunch on an almost daily basis. She used various categories to rate the meal, and where possible, a picture of her dinner.
Yesterday Martha (known on her blog as VEG) was asked by her head teacher on behalf of Argyll and Bute council to stop taking pictures of her dinner. This led to Martha writing the last post explaining the situation, and that her blog had come to an end.
The majority of the media have taken this to be that the blog itself has been banned. To some degree I understand their point of view. Stopping the photos, makes it hard for anyone, let alone a nine year old to convey the quality of the food being served.
Martha has been told not to take any further pictures of her lunch, but the Argyll and Bute council are yet to publicly state why.
There is a risk with children taking cameras into school, but many do in the form of mobile phones every day of the school year, worldwide. Was this blog actively encouraging kids to snap away in school? It is correct that any school or council have a robust policy on the safe use of cameras. Pupils could be taking all kinds of images and publishing them on the web for all to see. However should a policy make a young girl feel so uncomfortable to stop writing?
I'd suggest there are now some difficult meetings going on within the Argyll and Bute council offices, mainly on how they get around this publicity nightmare which has interested journalist and bloggers world wide. By 'silencing' this young girl, they have awakened the people who shout loudest. Something often refered to as the Streisand effect.
Well what should the council have done?