Web Lets Parents Peek Into School Day
New online tools to monitor lunches, grades, attendance
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2008 2:42 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Parents are taking advantage of new web tools to monitor their children’s activities at school, the Los Angeles Times reports. A California program set to debut next year will allow doting parents to keep an eye on what kids buy for lunch, and let school officials know about food allergies and other restrictions. But some think the innovation may hinder childrens' independence.

“Transparency creates pressure,” one official admitted, “but overall it's very healthy for the students.” Companies are also developing programs so parents can monitor grades, attendance, and even homework assignments. A software maker was quick to note that “this isn't surveillance software. Parents are really interested in the benefits that come with timely communication.”