Photos of living children?

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Logged on this morning and thought I'd review the top surname list that comes up on the home page. Clicked on Taylor and admired the way the photos are displayed. But was surprised to see photos of current-day children.  Clicked on one and was doubly surprised and concerned to see a public profile for a child. Ironically her father is private.  Why isn't she?

What's in place to privatize and hide from public view info and images of living minors?
WikiTree profile: Taylor-10235
in Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (906k points)
I absolutely agree! With a default setting of "unlisted" for profiles of children under 14, photos should be treated the same way. There should be no way to over-ride this default. Even on a "private" profile, photos are not visible to the public.
Is there a way to make descendants of living people default to unlisted even if they don't have dates?

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That's alarming. I set the profile to Unlisted, which is what it should be.

The system wouldn't "know" it should be Unlisted because there isn't a birthdate (which is not inappropriate; we don't encourage the addition of any kids at all, except as placeholders). If the birthdate was under 13 years ago it would automatically be Unlisted.

If the profile was added as the nuclear relative of a living person it would automatically be Private. That's fairly conservative for a site like ours. But the system doesn't know a person is living if there is no recent birthdate and none of the status indicators say they are living.

The bottom line is that there is no technical, automated way to know that a name and a photo represents a living person. The burden has to fall on the human beings. That's why we make sure a big deal out of asking users to respect privacy, use caution, etc.
by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by Keith Baker
Chris, the profile is now "unlisted" when accessing by name, but still appears, with the photo, when you click on the photo at "Taylor Genealogy".
I reviewed the surname lists and found another Taylor child and one other that looked like a living adult.  I left messages in the profile page.

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