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Teachers are using police-style body cameras to record unruly pupils in the classroom.

At least two English schools have introduced the equipment with the consent of local education authorities.

The cameras film all the time but only save encrypted footage when the record button is pressed.

A teacher must give notice before shooting video, said Tom Ellis, a lecturer at Portsmouth University.

They are able to turn on the cameras during incidents in the classroom to tackle “constant low-level disruption”, the cameras’ manufacturer said.

Although use of the devices must be ‘proportionate and necessary’ to comply with the data protection act, Mark Bridge reports in The Times.

It is thought footage could be used to provide evidence for disciplinary action and be shared with parents of badly-behaved pupils.

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  • well you would think that they would have the standardised roof camera instead

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  • There is issues in school classrooms here in Aust. too. Teachers and other pupils being abused or assaulted by other pupils. In SA teachers are not allowed to yell at children to get their attention jsut as parents aren’t either. Even if there is no inappropriate words used it is verbal abuse. Back in the late 1980s we were taught at school that children had rights, that if we didn’t to do what our parents asked us to, we didn’t have to – kids have rights. Some kids were too smart for their own good and worked out that Parents are adults – so are teachers. I was taught to respect my parents and other adults. We didn’t call them by their first names unless we were specifically told to do so. Although not all of them were relatives, if they were close family friends sometimes we were told we could call them Aunty…..or Uncle…….

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  • Its sad that things like this are even required :(

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  • I can see circumstances where this would be useful, but you’d want good safeguards in place.

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  • I don’t agree with the wearing of body cameras.

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  • Where is this happening – country? It reads as if it is in the UK? I will look at the report link for details. There are particular laws in Australia about filming people and privacy and confidentiality and I do not imagine it is in Australia? I would be highly surprised if it is in Australia now or ever came to Australia. Getting to the point of filming means there are major problems in some schools.

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