I am creating a Ning network for our professional development organization based at a university. The Ning is by invitation only. Any member can invite others and are told to invite only adult educators. The site is about sharing effective practice. It is normal that teachers want to post photos showing successful classroom activities. Our Ning has the organizations name and logo on it.
Who is actually legally responsible in the unlikely event a parent is upset that a student photo is posted on our Ning? Is it the Ning company, the teacher? or my organization?
Should I, as the admin prohibit all student photos?
Say student photos can only be posted if they fax a permission slip?
Say they should follow their district policy and that they, not our org is liable?
Currently I have told members to only post images of other people if they have permission, but I am not asking for documentation. I think that having the network closed to general web access helps, but don't want this to backfire later.