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Why I Believe Classrooms Should Be Fitted With Video Cameras

May 19, 2014



I know I’m alone on this one.

My colleagues have let me know in no uncertain terms that I must have rocks in my head for supporting such an initiative, but it is my position that we would be better off having our lessons filmed by cctv cameras.

One interesting point from the recent Barb Williams story (video available above) is how brilliant it was that there were cameras in the hallways capturing her unacceptable treatment of the young child. What if there was no footage? How then, would we have drawn attention to her actions?

The following are reasons for my position regarding cameras in the classroom:

1. Why shouldn’t improper actions by teachers be uncovered? If you are a good, or even an adequate teacher you have nothing to worry about, but if you are a danger to your students or you are inappropriate, you will be caught and sanctioned accordingly.

2. There are rising concerns over false reporting of teacher abuse. Cameras in the classrooms will deter students from making up or exaggerating stories and there will be proof for those that have a valid case. Documentary evidence will prevent the difficult situation of “his word against mine.”

3. This initiative will deter students from misbehaving and will also deter teachers from making poor decisions.

4. Some will talk about the need for privacy. Who needs privacy? Privacy from whom? This isn’t going to be streamed on the net, it is going to be available to superiors who will use it to protect those that are entitled to protection.

5. Teachers wont like it, but our primary focus is the wellbeing of our students. When analysing the benefits of any education initiative, the impact it would have on students is paramount. If this will protect vulnerable students surely its worthwhile regardless of what teachers think.

6. This would be extremely effective in regards to children with disabilities and others that wouldn’t be able to properly convey a case of impropriety against a teacher.


I realise I am alone on this one but I can’t help but think of all the cases of abuse that we are unaware of because it goes unreported or cannot be proven.


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I Would be Happy to Have CCTV Cameras in My Classroom

April 2, 2013


As a male teacher I believe that CCTV cameras would protect me and would reassure parents that I am a professional and trustworthy teacher . I would also be in favour of steaming footage live from my classroom to the parents of my students to give them insights into their child, the style in which I teach and the standard of learning inside the classroom.

I can understand why a falsely accused teacher would be in favour on cameras in the classroom. I just feel that the benefits for teachers are quite compelling:

A Falklands hero told yesterday how his life had been turned upside down by a girl who falsely claimed he sexually attacked her to appear “cool” to her schoolmates.

Ex-para Richard Cross, 51, who retrained as a teacher, said: “One minute I was sitting in school marking books the next I was in the back of a police van.

“That was in December 2011 and I haven’t been allowed back in school since. It’s been absolutely horrific.”

Richard, a dad of two, was cleared of all 10 charges against him after a two-week trial.

A 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had accused him of kissing her in a cupboard, putting his hands down her trousers and groping her breasts.

But the design and technology teacher said she had invented the story.

He told Lincoln court: “The girls she wanted to be with were quite a promiscuous bunch. I believe she wanted to be a part of the team.”

Richard, of Welton, Lincs, who is still suspended from his Lincoln school pending a disciplinary hearing, said .

He added: “It is the only way that you can give protection to staff.”


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