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CCTV Films Children in Cornish School

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 12th September 2012

Is Big Brother watching Cornish children?

Pirate FM has learnt at least eleven secondary schools and academies in Cornwall are using CCTV.  

Campaigners fear parents do not realise how much their kids are being monitored.

But heads say it is to make sure they are safe.

Nationally, 200 schools have CCTV in toilets and changing rooms.

For security the precise locations of cameras in Cornish schools are not being released.

Emma Carr from Big Brother Watch did the research. She said: "What we need is for schools to be very transparent with the public and parents about what CCTV cameras are being used within schools. Who has access to that imaging? Is it outsourced or is it just key people within the school that can see that? Is it effectively tackling a problem?

"We all want our young people to be safe in their place of learning and we want that for teachers as well. However, when you have a school with more cameras inside than outside we want to know whether this is an effective use of surveillance within schools."

Michelle Dunlevy is deputy head at Treviglas School in Newquay. She said: "There is a very clear policy. We don't have anyone sitting watching CCTV. I can understand before someone digs deeper that there might be concerns but once you see the practicality and the robustness of how we use it then that makes it feel very different.

"The main concern we always have is if there was an intruder. Secondly the headteacher or the deputy head can look at the CCTV if something happens to a student and we want to look at what might have occured."

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