Parent: "Don't do interviews without clearing it with me."
Reporter: "Want to do an interview?"
Can you see how that above situation could be very common and lead to all sorts of issues between the parent and kid? And also, if the reporter doing the interview is associated with a specific school, as Brandon is, could leave a bad taste for the school with either the kid or parent?
Now, in that situation, the kid is wrong. However, the reporter can easily prevent any issue from arising by simply contacting the school/parent first.
You can't possibly imagine any potential hazards from an adult interacting with a child without the consent of the child's parent? Even if nothing happens, it is a situation ripe with negative possibilities. That is why every coaching manual and teaching manual I have ever seen places a HUGE emphasis on not being alone with kids, and with not interacting through social media with kids.
The majority of that can be avoided simply by getting permission for a parent first, which doesn't seem to be much to ask.