Teachers are wearing police-style bodycams
How would you feel about the idea of teachers wearing bodycams at your child’s school? Well, it’s come to light that teachers are doing just! They’re so fed up with classroom disorder they’ve adopted the technology that’s usually worn by police, parking wardens and even school crossing-patrol officers in Britain!
The initiative, which sees footage securely stored on a cloud platform like ones used by police forces, is being piloted at two UK schools that are not being named. And it seems news of the move has divided opinion. Here at UKMums.TV, we’re keen to know what you think.
Explaining the three-month pilot scheme which started within the last month to the Guardian, Tom Ellis, principal lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, said all classroom teachers at the two state secondary schools are being given the option of the cameras to film “when necessary”. He also said: “Most schools now have some level of problems with low-level background disorder in classrooms and the teachers have become quite fed up with not being able to teach”.
However, Daniel Nesbitt, research director of Big Brother Watch, is also reported as saying: “This sounds like an over-the-top response to an age-old problem. These schools have to be very careful about how they use this intrusive technology as it risks turning teachers into snoopers.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s a good idea for teachers to wear body cameras in class to deter unruly behaviour, or that it’s a step too far? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Let us know over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.