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Do cameras have a place in school? Duval tries to set limits

Cell_phone2 Kids in high school use their cell phones too much. They text. They call. They take pictures and video. All while they should be learning.

That's some of the reasoning behind the Duval school district's plan to ban the use of cameras -- both in phones and just the regular kind -- unless they get permission first. It's about creating a distraction and violating peoples' privacy, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Some students agree that it's a good idea. “I think that would be a good idea because some kids overdo it in school,” one junior told the paper.

But what about the kids who capture inappropriate, possibly even illegal, behavior of their classmates or teachers? Would they face punishment for using their cameras against policy, rather than get praise for helping to identify wrongdoing?

And how about those students who use their cameras and post items away from school? Some suggest the proposed policy tries to control that too, a power well beyond its grasp.

Maybe this is a cell phone problem and not a camera problem. Control the use of phones -- already banned in Duval and many other districts -- and the picture issue goes away. Right?


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:25am]


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