This weekend I attended a conference for directors and administrators of early childhood learning programs. One of the vendors was from a new company that uses state-of-the-art technology to bring streaming video into child care centers. A huge flat screen TV demonstrated the concept, showing us all that was going on in a classroom at a client’s school. The director of this particular school was also on hand to answer questions.
I enjoyed watching the classroom in action throughout the day, but what was especially fascinating was listening to the conversations of the directors and administrators attending the conference as they passed by this booth. Needless to say, some people loved the idea, others were horrified.
I was conflicted. As a parent, I love the idea of being able to see what my kids do during the day. Bug never gives me any details about her day at school, no matter how I ask. And Babe doesn’t talk yet, so I can’t get much from him either. I want to be that fly on the wall watching them play with their friends and work on projects. How do they behave with their teachers and peers? What do they choose to do with their time? No doubt my productivity at work would plummet!
As a former teacher though, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable with the idea that at any moment, who knows how many sets of eyes are on me. I can see that this video footage could be a great training and self evaluation tool. And I can see that it could help with parent communication. But I don’t think I could shake the feeling of constantly being judged.
What are your thoughts on the topic? If you have expereinced web cams or streaming videos in your school or child care environment, how do you feel about it? Is it the future of child care?