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Web Cameras Monitor Class Activity

A Web cam monitors the activity of students in a classroom.

Administrators can monitor the Web cam pictures via the Internet



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Reported By: Donna Lowry
Web Editor: Tracey Christensen
Last Modified: 10/15/2003 1:04:42 PM

A school district in Biloxi, Miss. is the first to install Web cameras in the classroom. The video is fed live to the Internet where the principal can monitor the activities of the students and teachers with the click of a mouse.

"It gives an added sense of security for the parents. You know that teachers are actually doing what we think they're doing," said parent Glenn Ryan.

Some teachers said the Web cams have helped with issues surrounding the behavior of the students.

"They're very helpful. To children to say, 'that camera is watching you' when they're walking down the hall, just to get them to straighten right up," said teacher Debbie Girouard.

While other schools have placed cameras in the hallways, North Bay Elementary in Biloxi is the first to try the Web cam approach. Students there are taped every second of every school day.

Officals said the Web cams are primarily for safety reasons. Parents don't have access to the video and some have voiced their concerns about issues of privacy.

"As long as it stays hack-proof and as long as there isn't some hobo looking on the Internet at my daughter," said parent Aubry Richards.

Teachers groups have complained about big brother evaluating teacher performance, saying teachers will have not privacy and feel more inhibited in the classroom.

But, cameras in schools in on the rise. The government says schools in 48 states including Georgia use some type of survelliance.



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