CCTV in Schools
There has been a lot of negative press recently regarding CCTV systems in schools, with parents and outside organisations complaining that some cameras are positioned in inappropriate areas. This press has come as a result of a report undertaken and published by Big Brother Watch, showing that there is an average ratio of 1:38 cameras to pupils in British secondary schools. The report also highlights that there is an average of 24 cameras in each secondary school, and more than 200 schools have cameras in the toilets and changing rooms.
There is an on-going debate as to whether putting cameras around the interior of schools, including in the changing and toilet areas, is ethical or simply a breach of privacy. The pros and cons will be discussed below, beginning with the negative argument.