There was a series of horrific, and well publicized, school attacks in China last year, but there has to be a limit to school security and surveillance programs. I’m all for more guards, campus visitor controls, etc. But installing cameras in the classroom so that Mom and Dad can constantly monitor junior’s safety? I don’t think so.
Why do I have the feeling that this doesn’t really do anything to protect the safety of kids but is rather a feel-good measure pushed by school administrators and opportunistic electronics manufacturers?
“We have paid hefty amounts in school fees. With the help of the cameras and the Internet we will be able to track the progress of our wards and also understand how well they are coping with other children,” said Huang Xuefeng, the father of a 3-year-old girl in Longfor Fengxiangting Kindergarten in Chongqing, an elite preschool in the municipal city. (China Daily)
“Elite” preschool, huh? So the monitoring is also being sold as an added-value service.
Teachers hate it, particularly since it is video only (no sound), and I bet that kids, particularly older ones, won’t be thrilled if this is expanded to higher grade levels. Can you imagine what your 13-year-old daughter would say if she knew that Mom and Dad could peep at her while she’s at school?
Pull the plug on this bad idea ASAP.