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Parents log on to watch pupils in the classroom
Prep school head installs webcam system so children may be checked throughout the day.
A preparatory school in Lancashire has become the first in Britain to allow parents to watch their children’s progress from the comfort of their homes or offices.
Pupils at Sunnybank Preparatory School, Burnley, are filmed in their classrooms from the moment they start school to the moment they leave.
Their parents can monitor their progress at any time of the day by logging on to a secure internet site. The system shows the school in real time, but recordings of specific events, good or bad, can be retrieved and saved on CDs.
The system is being used as both a reassurance to parents and an educational tool for their teachers.
Barbara Cross, the head teacher of the £950-a-term school, is delighted with the initiative. […]
‘At first I just though it would be useful nationwide, but one of our parents is French and her little boy’s grandmother in France now has access to him via the internet. His aunt in Barcelona is also being given the password.’
In another case, a mother was worried for her son recently discharged from hospital.
‘She logged on to see him sitting in the dining room eating two lots of dinner. Afterwards she rang me say, ‘I’m absolutely delighted.’ […]
The school hopes to show parents some of the landmark moments in their children’s education. In future they may also offer recordings of prize-givings and concerts. Nurseries have offered webcam facility in the past, but Sunnybank is the first to introduce it for the parents of older children. Parents at Sunnybank were initially concerned about security, while teachers expressed fears they might feel as if they were appearing on a form of reality TV. […]
‘In the event it gives teachers added security because if there ever was an allegation against them – and there never had – we would have 100 per cent categorical proof’.
‘We’ve only had the system in for a week, but everyone’s got used to it. At first the children were making faces* at the screen in the school entrance. But now they seem to have forgotten that the webcams are there’.
Parents can access the system at any time between 7.30am and 6pm. After that time the system goes into ‘motion sensor’ mode. If any movement is detected – such as a break-in – the computer is programmed to send a text message to Mrs Cross.
Linda Simcock, 41, has watched her son, Josef, 5, at play during breaks in her job as a trainee solicitor.
Her husband, Ian, 39, a distribution manager, will soon have similar access at his office in Haslingden.
‘Josef thinks it’s wonderful,’ said Mrs Simcock. ‘On the first day he came up to me and said ‘I’m on TV, mum.’
The Daily Telegraph, October 25, 2004