As we are getting closer to the back to school season for many of our children it is time to face a few possible changes in their school routine. Bullying Prevention Leads To Security Cameras On Campuses this year in some countries. Could this be a possibility in our North American schools as well? A recent article from TVNZ shares how some schools in New Zealand are implementing added security on playgrounds and in school buses to help slow down or deter bullies in school systems.
BULLYING PREVENTION LEADS TO SECURITY CAMERAS ON CAMPUSES
As a parent preparing your child for an upcoming school year, you may be already concerned about how bullying could effect them. This new method of bullying prevention that will be introduced this year in New Zealand schools may very well be the next thing in our own school systems. While our personal space and privacy is important, is the threat of being on camera more important to prevent bullying from happening?
Will added security cameras really help stop bullying?
With the threat of added proof and not just the word of another student, this could truly deter bullies from victimizing other students on school grounds. For many students, knowing there is the potential that their actions are being recorded could persuade them to stop what they are doing. On the other side of the spectrum, this could potentially lead to higher incidents of cyber bullying or bullying outside school grounds.
Are cameras used as bullying prevention an invasion of our students privacy?
While some may use this as an arguing point, it is my opinion that added cameras on school grounds are no more an invasion of privacy than the security cameras in grocery stores or your local retailer. The suggested cameras being used in New Zealand are set to be on playgrounds and in buses. If these cameras were placed in locker rooms, bathrooms or other areas where students could be captured changing, using the bathroom or other intimacies then it would raise a flag of privacy invasion.
As we face the changing times and more incidents of bullying happening in our schools, options like this to protect our children will become more common. As a parent we want to protect our children from harm. If adding a few extra security cameras to the playgrounds, buses or corridors of our schools could help make them less like to be bullied, it would indeed be a great stride forward. While many schools already implement security cameras throughout their campuses, and some even on buses already these were specifically placed just for bullying issues. Will bullying prevention lead to security cameras on campuses everywhere?
What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you believe this is a good idea or an invasion of the students privacy?