Somebodies Watching You – Video Cameras in Classrooms

Every mark you make every test you take, could someone be watching you? To be exact; are video cameras in the classroom unethical? Inappropriate perhaps? Maybe even useless? This question has boggled the minds of instructors for years and it’s about time we began talking about the human right to privacy and the right to take it away.

The rule of video cameras in public places is delightfully vague. It can be summed up as such:

“Cameras may not be used in an area where there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

So that begs the question – is the inside of a classroom particularly private? Well while it certainly is not on par with areas such as locker rooms or bathrooms, the issue here is that students who know they are being watched can respond in very different ways. Some reacting positively, finding themselves safer thanks to the watchful eyes, while others only see it as yet another way for a school to crack down on students, restricting their freedom and privacy.

Of course there is little way to change such mindsets. But as far as legitimate facts go, it is practically undeniable (as has pointed out) that bullying and stealing will decrease dramatically as a result of cameras being present in classrooms. Not only that, but these cameras could hypothetically allow parents to look in on their kids during class, making sure they behave appropriately and that the instructor is also acting professionally in their field and teaching methods.

Ultimately, the issue of cameras in classrooms may well be never ending. Wherever there are cameras, there is technically always privacy that is being sacrificed. But it is how much appropriate data we GAIN from these cameras that truly prove their worth or lack there-of.


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