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This school scans classrooms every 30 seconds through facial recognition technology.

The school in China has a facial recognition program called “Intelligent Classroom Behaviour Management System” that scans the students behaviour in the classroom every 30 seconds and recognises seven different facial expressions.

Inlcuding neutral, happy, sad, scared, disappointed, angry and surprised.

It also picks up six different behaviours including, standing up, reading, writing, hand raising, listening to the teacher, and leaning on the desk.

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Teachers can easily monitor students behaviour and even keep track of attendance.

It only collects facial recognition and stores it in a local database.

Not everyone is keen on the idea though.

“As a Principal, though it would help a lot, I think it is a complete invasion of privacy. Yes I would agree to have a camera in the classroom to monitor both student and teacher…but not every 30 seconds!”

“Intrusive and a breach of human rights. Grooming children to accept more and more layers of control systems. Of course there will come a time where the system rewards students for “good” behaviour and punishes those who don’t conform. I think it’s dreadful!”

“I find this system seriously disturbing. I can see the advantage for teachers to have access to such stats, but I see it as an infringement on students’ right to be /look bored or distracted.”

“They should be focusing on what they teach the children and you don’t need facial recognition every 30 seconds to do that. All you need is love and compassion.”

“Looks a bit too much like Big Brother for my liking. Think there are plenty of ways a teacher can analyse behaviour…like having a relationship with students that is positive and productive.”

Meanwhile others have said this could be the answer for American classrooms after recent tragic shootings.

 

We would love to hear what you think of this technology? Necessary or breach of privacy?

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  • If a child is old enough he/she may try to hide emotions. If the teacher wants to check no pupils are missing and there is not normally empty seats all the teacher needs to do is check that there is no empty seats. It’s not just a breach of privacy. Surely it could have impact on children in other ways. Perhaps they could become shy / introverted / very nervous —- could any of them become so stressed they develop a mental health issue?

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  • Hopefully this does not come to Australia as I think it is a bit too much.

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  • You could achieve the same result with a teacher looking at the students.

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  • It is definitely too much,l don’t see the reason why!

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  • It is morally wrong! What happened if this database for in the wrong hands or hacked.

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  • This seems excessive – some monitoring maybe, but this is too detailed.

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  • What exactly dot hey do with this data is my question?

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  • This crosses the line of privacy and is totally intrusive. So the program recognizes 7 different facial expressions, it’s just a computer. Some people have facial features which make them look amazed or angry all the time because of the position of the eyebrows for example. Next they conclude they can read the mind ! Crazy !!


    • I agree – facial expressions do vary and surely not all fit patterns of conformity. I also have concerns about humans rights!



      • This is a very good point you have raised.

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  • I wonder if this would stop any bad incidents from happening, or just help in investigations afterwards.

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  • This is both ridiculous and uncalled for – definitely a breach of privacy!

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  • Scary overtones of Big Brother and not something I would welcome at all!

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  • A complete invasion of privacy & control method but it suits a country such as China whose political system is based on Communism. It is also grooming children for their future under that form of politics but I doubt it would be accepted in democratic countries.

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  • I personally wouldn’t like it, if it was done to me.

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  • For me it’s breach of privacy.

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  • Why would you even need this level of monitoring on school kids? It’s beyond me sometimes

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