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Should Surveillance Cameras be placed in Classrooms? Discuss.

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Essay: Should Surveillance Cameras be placed in Classrooms? Discuss. An on going query of whether surveillance cameras should be placed in school classrooms, all over the UK, is still being questioned on. If they were placed, classrooms would be surveyed on throughout the school days. If necessary, they could also be activated on weekends and even on school holidays (by a caretaker, for example). Many teachers and pupils have different views on them, and I will later discuss them further. Some are totally against the idea, some are entirely for it, and some aren't sure. I personally think that there are many advantages and disadvantages for the use of surveillance cameras being placed in classrooms. To begin with, therefore, I will mention and describe the advantages. There are many advantages in having surveillance cameras placed in classrooms. The main and most obvious reason is that all actions undertaken in a classroom can be recorded and viewed upon, as well sound. This means that misbehaving pupils committing unacceptable behaviour can be caught and punished. ...read more.


They rarely occur in lessons in classes, whilst teachers are present, but there is a large number of 'class-disruptors', found in nearly every school, who repeatedly and constantly seem to disrupt and interrupt lessons where teachers are talking and teaching the rest of the class. These repetitive, attention-seeking disruptors can therefore be tracked down, and found out in which class rooms, and with which teachers, they tend to disrupt the lessons, and which they tend to interrupt/seek-attention the most. Another good idea and advantage of the use of cameras is that truancy could be found out about. This would be so, as students who register in the morning in classrooms would be recorded. Then, usually most schools take registers in each lesson. Students would, again, be recorded. Missing pupils could therefore be recognized. Teachers who take registers would know if anyone was missing, and then they could check the footage of the camera, on from wherever the cameras were transmitted from (preferably a main computer, but a television would also do), to see if they were away or present in the morning. ...read more.


But, although there are far more advantages than disadvantages of having surveillance cameras being placed in schools, some of the disadvantages are very important to consider. In considering placing the cameras in classrooms in schools, the ways in which how the disadvantages should be dealt with, should be carefully thought upon. How could private conversations between pupils be prevented from listening to? How could snooping and vigilantism be prevented? These questions, and more, need to be answered first. My suggestions, are that access to viewing the footage on computer could be password-protected, or access to the room (if a TV were used), could be locked, and keys could only be given to those who had a decent reason to view vital footage. These are only rash reasons; hence obviously more detailed suggestions and plans need to be contemplated. For preventing personal conversations being heard, passwords activating sound could also be created. Sound would always be recorded, but to hear it, passwords would have to be input to enable sound to be heard. Finally, I would like to say that cameras should only be placed in schools where they are really desperately necessary; cameras, although are the best source for evidence, can become a great hassle too. ...read more.

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