Australian schools are spending tens of thousands of dollars on high-tech devices to beat bullying in the schoolyard.

“Bully buttons”, which students push when they are being bullied, can be installed around a school, linked to cameras that record incidents and alerting teachers by SMS.

Melbourne company Celltek created the wireless bully button, a black box with a red button that can be mounted on a pole or wall.

Once the button is pressed, nearby cameras swing into action and record the area around the button. Teachers are alerted by SMS or by a pop-up screen on a connected PC in the staff room or office.

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