Live streaming video monitoring at schools

A school’s main objective is to provide the children with effective knowledge, in virtue of different external support. Parental involvement seems to be the most robust as well as the most useful among them. Sampson (2014) defines the parental involvement as set of supportive activities to improve the children’s academic attainment, which positive influence is acknowledged by many other researchers (Fan, 2001; Williams et al., 2002). The activities may vary from controlling the child’s studies at home to interaction to the school administrative procedures. The schools of Kazakhstan are also lucky to have such committed and fully involved parents. In the following discussion I shall urge to implement the live streaming video monitoring system at schools as one of the most convenient ways to improve the parental involvement at local schools. Possible shortcomings of the system are also included for further discussions.

Let us penetrate deeper into the notion of the live video streaming facility, which is already abundantly used in Kazakhstani private kindergartens. According to Fryer (2001), video cameras in each classrooms of the kindergarten are connected to one computer to compact the recordings and simultaneously send them to the parents’ any devices that have internet connection. Consequently, parents are able to watch what their children are doing in real time sitting at home. In addition some modern devices allow parents to record the video (Fryer, 2001). It is important to highlight the difference of this facility from the security surveillance system, which is solely utilized by the security staff.

The system might look daunting prima facie. However, the kindergartens using this system demonstrate positive outcomes. The main advantage of this invention is that parents are able to watch their children’s activities in real time throughout their presence in the kindergarten, which enables parents to be fully and at the same time indirectly involved in children’s education (Fryer 2001). This helps the kindergarten staff to elude frequent misunderstandings from parents because of insufficient knowledge about their children’s lives at the kindergarten. Therefore, the staff could be protected by the system, as their activities can be verified with the video, which amplifies assurance of parents about the choice of the nursery school.

Let us get back to the schools. Williams et al. (2002) observed the quality of parental involvement at schools and investigated the ways parents are informed about the children’s academic achievements. The results of the research showed that 94% of the parents are aware of their children’s success because they regularly attend parent meetings (Williams et al., 2002). However, it is a well known fact that mostly only ONE of the parents attends the meetings, which means that the second parent remains less informed. Another way of getting acquainted with the child’s school life is the school report (92%) (Williams et al., 2002). Although these ways look eloquent, the question of reliability of such “verbal” information distribution still lingers. Hence the implementation of LSV system would greatly contribute to solve this problem.

Some would argue the effectiveness of the system regarding the rights and morale of the teachers. Considering the level of their professional commitment, I shall assume that they might be even glad to use such facility for above mentioned reasons. On the other hand, the system might be an extensive taste for schools. Again, reckoning with the level of parents’ interest, funding might be the minor problem.

The reason of parents’ intervention into the school life might be their scarce knowledge. LSV system could both abate their immoderate and baseless suspicions and appease the work of teachers as well as the administrative staff of the school.

References

Fan, X. (2001). Parental involvement and student’s academic achievement: A growth modeling analysis. Journal of Experimental Education, 70, 27-61.

Fryer, B. (2001). System and method for distribution of child care training materials and remote monitoring of child care centers. US 6233428 B1. Retrieved from http://www.google.com/patents/US6233428#backward-citations

Sampson, L. (2014) Parental involvement and children’s educational performance: A comparison of Filipino and U.S. parents. Journal of Comparative Studies, 14(3). 351-368.

William, B. (2002). Communication. In Parental involvement in education (pp. 42-50). Norwich: Queen’s Printer.

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5 thoughts on “Live streaming video monitoring at schools

  1. Dear Malika, thank you! I found your article very interesing. I also believe that this system is very helpful, especially for the parents who have pre-school aged children. They are able to make sure that their children are safe and busy. Since there are many videos and stories on the internet where children become victims of some inadequate nannies and teachers. However, I question the idea of video recording of older students as it might bring to an unexpected results. I cannot imagine how I would feel if I were a teenager whose life is under the control of parents almost 24 hours. In these conditions a child probably will fake the behavior, lossing his/her independence and self-confidence. I think there are many other ways of parential involvement in education rather through interest in a child’s school life but not unfair control.

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    1. Thank to Abitayeva for informing us on parental involvement and the measures can to be taken to foster the engagement of parents. Some additional useful sights of the live streaming video I can share after reading this post.
      Aside from the advantages of Live streaming video monitoring at school vividly depicted by Abitayeva, there are also beneficial points of this innovation to be mentioned. First, the school psychologists can reveal the problems children face when communicating with peers or teaching personnel.By doing this, the psychologists can assist pupils in overcoming the fears of human interaction or getting over shyness. Furthermore, the violence and bullying behavior amongst youngsters during lessons or breaks can be ostended when analyzing the behavior of pupils who prone to demonstrate aggression. Perhaps, the case when the Grade 8 student (of one of the schools in Astana) killed own peer with a pen during a lesson could have been prevented provided by earlier detection of the deviant behavior. Second, the conflicts between teachers and parents regarding whether a schoolboy/girl deserves a particular mark can also be solved. The video taped will be an evidence of pupils’ activity, homework preparation and class participation. Last, the families will be calm when they watch their offspring attending school and not hanging around or skipping lessons.
      Obviously, live streaming video monitoring is not a panacea for tackling all issues concerned with parental involvement but a considerable step toward negotiating a school-family nexus.

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      1. Thank you girls for comments! If any parents would not like to intervene in the child’s school life,that is great.However,such parents accept any kind of evaluation about his/her child,as they realize that their children are not ‘super’ kids.Another kind of parents are so ‘mad’ about their children, that they are even ready to hide around the school watching their children.I have met such parents even if their childre are old enough to be constantly observed. SLV system could be a good decision for such ‘intervening’ problems. ,

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  2. Nice article and good suggestion, indeed, Malika! I have read your previous post as well as comments on it and I feel that you wrote this post mostly as a parent rather than a teacher :D.
    It is obvious that live streaming video is the best solution for those parents, who have preschool age children. Nevertheless, I do not think that streaming secondary school students in a daily manner is a good idea.
    Let us consider it from the students’ perspective. First of all, as we know school is the place where students gain knowledge and socialize. During this processes students surely make some mistakes, make friends and do not like some peers, experience new attitudes (good or bad), have different feelings about the environment, etc. And imagine now, what will be if the parents will witness every single move or relationship with peers of their children. This may, in contrast, be a reason for increasing in number of, as you mentioned above, “mad” parents. Every student on his/her own need to face these everyday situations no matter whether it is good or bad, in order to become an individual. Parental involvement does not necessarily mean to observe their children all day long but to pay attention at home, control if a child did homework, ask about his/ her friends, get interested in what interesting or new happened at school, and regularly meet with teachers. Furthermore, what about those parents who work and do not have an opportunity to “inspect”? I envision, as a parent in the future (inshaAllah =)), it to be an excellent idea if streaming is going to be used for special events.
    Finally, let us leave responsibility for children to teachers when they are at school. By watching students as well as teachers all the time we will apparently distrust teachers and spoil teacher-student and student-student relationships. After all, it is a teacher’s primary mission to care about and bring up well-educated and disciplined generation!!!

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    1. Thank you Gulnur for your invaluable comment. Considering the issues of implementing this system at schools, let us leave it to teachers and students, whether they would like to be recorded every day. May be it is time to leave the decision making to merely teachers and students. Thanks again!

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