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While it is not uncommon to see surveillance cameras in certain schools experiencing particular problems, they are now beginning to be deployed on a massive scale. For example, within 3 years, the CSMB aims to install nearly 1000 in its establishments. The objective pursued: to reduce violence.
The daily The Press announced it September 24. “The Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board (CSMB), in the Montreal region, will be watching its students. Within three years, 895 new state-of-the-art cameras will be installed in 80 schools. That's more than 35 cameras per secondary school, and at least 6 per primary school. A measure of rare magnitude in the Quebec school environment. "
Video surveillance has existed for several years in the field of education, particularly at secondary and higher levels. Its effects are not only beneficial, since it has been noted, in the United States for example, that violence often simply moves to other places or outside the school, not solving the problem. That said, as explained in the article de La Presse by the Quebec Federation of Educational Institutions, it is hoped that their presence will help control violence, vandalism and drugs in settings where education is supposed to be the priority. They will primarily target the main entrance doors, cafeterias, the locker area and fire alarm triggers.
The arrival of video surveillance in schools is a good opportunity to make students aware of the ethical problems that can arise when people are filmed in public places. Sure, there are benefits, but what about privacy? Take the opportunity to discuss it in a large group by finding positive and negative points. Also get to know the students of the Project Under-surveillance, which consists of listing the surveillance cameras of certain large French cities. In the end, invite them to say if they tend to agree or tend to disagree with the whole thing. Take the opportunity to conduct a survey and analyze the results.
For other good ideas for pedagogical use of this theme, consult the activity sheet correspondent on the site SCOOP! Learn with the news (on subscription), a service of the organization L'École branchée (just like the Infobourg!).