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GROWING REASONS WHY CCTV SURVEILLANCE IS A MUST IN SCHOOLS

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In today’s world, and Nigeria in particular, safety and security should always be given high importance and is supposed to be prioritized amidst problem of national insecurity. It is practically important to have an eye on everything and this is where closed circuit television, simply known as CCTV, comes into the picture.

CCTV surveillance is the materialistic version of an all seeing eye. And adapting this technology to schools is a good decision that helps maintain a good atmosphere for kids to learn and develop at schools.

Having Closed Circuit Television in schools is important because:

1. Keeps a check on bullying

School bullying prevalence is a serious problem for young people in the society and Nigeria at large. It is a threat that no school should disregard or dismiss.  It can have negative consequences on the general school climate and on the right of students to learn in a safe environment without fear. Bullying can also have negative lifelong physical and psychological consequences both for students/pupils who bully and their victims.

Efficient CCTV surveillance can put a check on this and in the long term put learning process in the right direction for school administrators .

2. Prevents substance abuse

With the advent of internet, social connect has increased by manifolds and everything is available to everyone. As teenagers, peer pressure and in the process of becoming “cool”, kids tend to try out illegal and unhealthy substances like drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. Making the campus and school promises free of secret hideouts and without blind spot helps reduce the risk of substance/drug abuse.

3. Behavior monitoring

Children tend to have mood swings, tantrums and some can just be mischievous by nature. Having a CCTV helps regulate such outbreaks. Most schools have state of the art facilities and are technologically loaded. Destruction of which results in huge loss. Such breakouts can be prevented with the help of constant surveillance and monitoring. Such kids can easily be picked up and identified by CCTV and put through necessary counselling or rehabilitation.

4. Monitoring strangers

An institution is constantly visited by strangers for various purposes including potential kidnappers, letting someone into the property is undeniably risky. However, having an eye on strangers prevent any mishaps and unnecessary trouble to the kids and management alike.

5. Ensures safety

Providing a secure and safe environment for the kids and staff is the responsibility of the authorities. An environment with high population is prone to trouble.

Social media is flooded with graphic images of teachers punishing kids by beating them up and tiring them physically. Such instances can be avoided with constant monitoring.

  • Prevents child abuse – Children often do not know what is love and what is abuse. Many adults prey on this unawareness. Such risks can be avoided with CCTV.
  • Prevents bunking – It helps avoid situations where kids jump the compound wall and the school is put in a situation where their security is concerned.
  • Prevents violence – It helps monitor fist fights and other physical violence that kids get themselves into.

7. Authorities can ensure that teachers are doing their job

It is important for students to be guided as that’s the primary objective of schools. Course and subjects becomes hectic and too pressurizing with no guidance from teachers. CCTV surveillance ensures that the teachers are doing their job in educating the future generation for which they are being paid. This also ensure school efficiency which is a plus to management.

8. Enforces no malpractices

Students malpractice wash away the effort of the school completely irrespective of the standard put in place by school management. Kids should refrain from copying in tests and assignments and management should enforce it with CCTV surveillance and monitoring. Properties will be safe. Teachers or other staffs cannot be bribed. Meddling with question papers and other official documents can also be prevented.

9. Aid during emergency situations

In case of a sudden breakout of fire or other emergencies, the root cause of the problem can be easily recognized and evacuation and safety procedures can be conducted with higher efficiency than before.

10. Unauthorized entry can be prevented

When CCTV cameras are installed to monitor school perimeter and it’s being actively monitored by guards, intruders and burglars can easily be detected very early enough can be prevented. Keeping out intruders, in case of terrorist attacks or an uninvited animal, enhances the quality and safety of the environment that a kid is exposed to. Needless trouble can be kept at bay. Such intrusion alerts the authorities and helps them react accordingly to the situation.

11. Arriving at just conclusions, Indemnity

CCTV footage of an event eases the process of decision making and investigation process. Coming to wrong conclusions can be avoided completely with the help of recorded evidence. This can safe the school management from huge settlement in case of legal lawsuits.

12. Provides control to authorities over the institution

Efficient CCTV surveillance in schools ensures legitimate control over all situations. Any abnormality immediately draws the attention of concerned bodies and helps in reducing its impact tremendously.

13. Parents are at peace

Parents can leave their kids at an environment that they are sure about. A sense of relief floods the mind when the concept of constant monitoring surfaces. It helps ensuring and reassuring the concept of secure environment for kids.

It is only natural for parents and concerned adults to ensure that the future generation develops and grows in a safe environment. The benefits of the availability of efficient CCTV surveillance in school can not be over emphasized.

ICEL Security and Technologies is your sure partner in delivering efficient CCTV surveillance solutions to actualize your management goals in schools with proportionate Return On Investment (ROI).

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