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As if helicopter parenting weren't enough, now we can closely monitor what our kids eat at school. Yup, school districts across the country have signed on to use a new technology, which tracks what a child purchases in the school cafeteria. The Lunch Prepay program allows parents to view their child's 45-day purchase history 24/7.
Great idea or not? Hmm, I'm not sure. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, over the past three decades, childhood obesity has more than tripled for children ages 6 to 11, and doubled for adolescents 12 to 19 years old, so many parents probably want to help their kids eat better. If a child is obese -- or even an under-eater -- a program like this may give his or her parents some peace of mind. Knowing that your child didn’t fill up on Hostess cupcakes and ice cream bars when you’re trying to instill healthy eating habits isn’t exactly T.M.I. And knowing “Big Mother” is watching could be a factor in a child’s decision to pick a healthy food over a fattening treat.
But sometimes I think that technology makes it too darn easy. Is there a point where we go too far, where we trust our children too little? I don’t know, I guess it depends on the child. I’m sure parents of children who are obese, underweight or have health problems will find this system to be useful. Parents who have an issue with the monitoring system and what it represents can simply choose not to log on.
Do you think monitoring your kid's cafeteria purchases is going to far? Chime in below!