Here's an interesting article, which is something that I completely understand and was a concern for me in my news/sports days: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...831bb8-2c6c-11e4-994d-202962a9150c_story.html. I'm not sure if I quite agree with the author's conclusions, racist or otherwise, but the issue is very real regardless when it comes to photographing children and teens. When I started covering news and sports for the paper I worked for, none of the photographers were issued with IDs of any sort. This worried me greatly and every time I had to cover an event that included children, I went to great lengths to explain to parents who I was and the paper that I worked for, in order to provide some degree of comfort to the parents. It was after one event where I did this and one parent pointed out a pretty scruffy looking photographer from another paper (I assumed) and raised concerns about them not identifying themselves when they were talking photographs of young girls playing softball. I was apologetic and explained it was a frustrating thing for me, considering all the concerns about today's problem people. That day, I raised the issue with the paper's chief editor and said that something had to be done and we needed IDs so that we could genuinely prove who we were when going to such events. He agreed and within a week or so we were all issued with IDs. I have no idea why this wasn't the norm already, but it appears that everyone accepted the fact that if you were going about with a professional looking camera, everyone would assume that you were working for who you said, or weren't even asked. The fact that anyone could afford a professional looking camera nowadays, meant there was no guarantee who was behind the camera, without a proper ID. Unfortunately, I don't think that things are necessarily improving, as people keep becoming more and more 'paranoid' about all forms of conduct by anyone with a camera. We are still fairly fortunate in Australia that we tend to have a more relaxed attitude and greater trust, but the pendulum is slowly swinging in the same direction as in many other parts of the world.