Trampoline Business Posting Inappropriate Pictures of Local Teens Schools & Kids, posted by concernedparent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm
I'm writing as a very concerned local parent who recently learned that a Dublin company advertising fun for the teenagers of the tri-valley on Friday nights is using provocative photographs of children in their advertising. Parents, before your own kids are taken advantage of, take note.
You may have noticed that a new indoor trampoline park called "Rockin Jump" opened in Dublin recently. You may have even filed it away as a fun activity for your kids. The folks at Rockin Jump soon started advertising their Friday "teen nights," and kids have been flocking to the location on Fridays ever since. But before you sign that waiver and drop your child off for a night of fun with their friends, you may want to check out their company Facebook page. You'll quickly see hundreds of photographs of local kids dressed scantily and engaged in far more than innocent trampoline jumping. Underage girls are prominately featured in their photographs, dressed in very little clothing, bent over on the dance floor. One girl is even wearing nothing on the bottom except underwear - yep, a pair of boy-short style underwear.
I'm not quite sure what bothers me more about this: 1. that so many kids these days think that shorts that barely cover their ass are normal and acceptable, 2. that parents are going to the mall and actually buying this type of clothing for their child, or 3. that a local company that touts themselves as family friendly would have the nerve to create such an inappropriate environment for underage kids, photograph them in compromising situations, and then publish them on the internet. As we've all seen in this era of celebrity sex tapes, "sexting," and nude photos taken with cell phones and passed around high schools, digital photographs never go away. While these kids are ultimately responsible for their own behavior, they are still CHILDREN, and Rockin Jump should know better. I don't care if the parents sign a waiver saying that Rockin Jump can use photographs of their children taken on site in their advertising. The people managing the business should be able to use their own moral compass to determine what's appropriate and what is not. And what they are doing is definitely NOT.
Posted by Similarly concerned, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm
I agree that this is quite wrong on a number of levels. Your point about the publishing of pictures on the Internet that will be a permanent record of these underage kids' (and their parents') bad decisions is compelling -- as if the basic issue of having a teenie bopper night club charading as an innocent family fun place wasn't bad enough.
I just hope they have an age limit that keeps older predators out (not that having a bunch of pimple faced teenagers grind on your daughter is a good thing -- but it would be another level of wrong if older people were involved too).
While I'm ranting, I'll throw out a relatively minor annoyance at all of these suburban kids using handsigns in their pictures.
Posted by concernedparent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Interestingly, they seem to have deleted one of the most offensive pictures already. But I think they need to be a little more liberal with the delete button. There are plenty of decently dressed, nice kids in those pictures. They don't need the rest. But despite whether there are pictures as evidence or not, it's obvious what's going on at these events.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm
I don't see the point of concernedparent posting this complaint here when he/she apparently hasn't even bothered to contact the company about the complaint. that's the first step. If this is a responsible business - like most businesses - then this is probably all an innocent mistake and the business manager would be all too happy to take down the offensive/questionable/racy pictures IF concernedparent had simply bothered to contact him about the specific pictures that are a concern.
Posted by Concerned Grandparent, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm
After taking the time to view the photos that were referenced by concernedparent I must say I totally agree that they are inappropriate for use as a promotion on an internet site for a supposedly "family" oriented business that is marketing itself to children of all ages. It is also disturbing to me that some of the comments here seem to "blame the messenger" rather than address the serious issues that were raised. This attitude is part of the problem here. While posting these photos of underage young girls in provocative clothing and poses may not rise to the level of criminal activity it is clearly disrespectful and is using these girls to promote an agenda far different from simply jumping on trampolines. It also puts them at risk for being the target of the numerous sexual predators that unfortunately seem to be prevalent in our society. I believe our children deserve better and as parents and grandparents we have a responsibility to protect them and also have the courage to express our outrage and follow through by not patronizing businesses that promote this atmosphere and behavior unless they refrain from this practice.
Posted by Rosie, a resident of the Rosewood neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:13 am
Gosh, but I bet shopping at Walmart doesn't bother you one bit. It's okay if the violent mistreatment of kids is hidden from view, right? What's important in the WALMART case is the money one can save at the cash register. Makes sense to me, sort of.
Posted by Barbara, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Sep 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Here is the copy/pasted portion of the release for this establishment regarding their absolute right to take any photo or video of your child and use it for whatever purpose they'd like, forever. You give up ALL rights to find out about, or stop, ANY use they care to make of the pictures of your kids.
and Parent, I think the offensive ones were on their Facebook page, not their website. [and who knows where else?]
(5) PHOTO RELEASE: By entering ROCKINí JUMP and participating in the ACTIVITIES, I hereby grant ROCKINí JUMP on behalf of myself and on behalf of my child(ren)/ward(s), the irrevocable right and permission to photograph and/or record me or my child(ren)/ward(s) in connection with ROCKINí JUMP and to use the photograph and/or recording for all purposes, including advertising and promotional purposes, in any manner and all media now or hereafter known, in perpetuity throughout the world, without restriction as to alteration. I waive any right to inspect or approve the use of the photograph and/or recording, and acknowledge and agree that the rights granted to this release are without compensation of any kind.
Posted by joanna, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2011 at 9:59 am
I just went to the website and don't see any suggestive or inappropriate photos. Maybe they deleted them? Looks like a fun place. I remember in the 50's they had trampoline parks--I used to go to one in Castro Valley and loved it, but they stopped them, probably due to injuries and liability issues. Trampolining is fun, but one can get seriously hurt by bouncing off and landing on one's head!
Posted by Beth, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm
@ Joanna - the pictures where on their FB page not their website. It also looks like they responded to complaints and changed the photos. While I wouldn't let my daughter go out dress like some of the girls in the photo's - there's nothing worse than what I have seen at Stoneridge on a Saturday.
Posted by Ben, a resident of Dublin, on Sep 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm
This place should be shut down. I have seen the pictures on Facebook and safety for these kids is apparently less important than bringing in the money. The pictures show what look like a lot of kids packed in to this place, but no parents in site so who is chaparoning them? They are still minors and so what if they are signing a waiver?
Secondly, a dress code should be inforced. some of the pictures of these teenage girls in shorts that look like underwear and lacey bra tops? There is a picture of a girl that she clearly has on only underwear and looks about 14. See for yourself and make your own judgement.