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ERIC Number: EJ918610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Big Brother Is Watching: Video Surveillance on Buses
Sloggett, Joel
School Business Affairs, v75 n5 p20-22 May 2009
Many school districts in North America have adopted policies to permit cameras on their properties and, when needed, on buses used to transport students. With regard to school buses, the camera is typically a tool for gathering information to monitor behavior or to help investigate a complaint about behavior. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video showing what happened during the time of an alleged incident on a school bus is a full dictionary. In most cases, the principal initiates and oversees the process, which includes the initial request, followed by camera placement, film collection, and completion of the investigation. A key consideration in defending the school district's position to use cameras on buses is effective control over recorded film. Clear delineation of roles and responsibilities must be established through policies and procedures that, in turn, are widely communicated and thoroughly understood. Electing to use a camera on a school bus is a big step aimed at helping ensure safe and secure transport of passengers who are most often minors. Cameras should be tools of last resort, and recorded information should be treated as confidential and with the utmost respect. The author discusses the benefits of video surveillance on buses and describes some options for school districts to consider.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America