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There’s an App for That!

Posted August 02, 2018 3:51 PM by Reese

My son’s early education child care center uses an app that relays data regarding lesson plans, daily activities, nutrition, and even pictures of him and his classmates having fun and learning. I find this information engaging and endlessly useful, but I’ve heard comments from other parents with children in centers without the app along the lines of “That’s great, but I’d rather that teacher play with my child.”

I do understand the thinking on the other side of this topic, but what those parents may not realize is using the app actually ends up being a timesaver, making it so that teacher can teach and play with the children more. The facts and figures appearing via the app would need to be captured by the teacher and passed along to the parents regardless. Before this app, I would receive hand-written comments, which certainly take a lot longer to prepare, and sometimes weren’t as understandable. Through this technology, teachers are able to quickly summarize the necessary information with a few taps of the tablet and then refocus on their students.

I’m already thinking about how much I’ll miss being able to access this real-time data once my little man enters kindergarten in the fall. Grabbing my phone for just a moment (when I have a spare one) during my work day to take a quick peek into his – it’s something I love to do. This techie mommy is going to miss her tech!

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08/02/2018 7:27 PM

It would be nice to have internet cameras in schools that parents could access, a few moments of observation from time to time, while the children are at work or play in the school environment, can tell a lot about the child's state of being...also being able to text the teacher would be a valuable tool....video surveillance of the school grounds would seem to be the cheapest and most effective deterrent or at least part of it, to prevent school violence, that and controlled entry....

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08/03/2018 12:55 AM

A friend of mine, when his kids were in child care, they had live feed videos where the parents could log in and check on their kids... he was on threw out the day, to make sure the daycare was treating his kids right...

I asked him, maybe it’s worth being a stay at home dad or something... he said you just can’t trust child care... the reason why they taking their kids to this child care is their last child care, their kid had been eating dirt...

I don’t recall how many child care facilities they went through... I was surprised at the number...

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08/03/2018 1:58 PM

Eating dirt is good for kids. (I wonder what the FDA guidelines say about it?) Probably mineral deficient. That parent should probably had been monitoring their child's diet.

I wonder what will happen when these children become adults? Will they still have helicopter parents?

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08/03/2018 7:53 PM

..."There is quite a well-known article that appeared in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity that reports on research by Thomas McDade and his colleagues at Northwestern University. What they found was that people exposed to lower levels of microbes during their infancy were much more sensitive to the “pro-inflammatory effects of stress” as adults. In practical terms, what that means is that the more germs we experience as children the better our immune systems will be later in life at preventing physiological reactions that make us susceptible to becoming stressed. Put simply, dirt makes us psychologically strong.

If we think about this like a preventative immunization, then giving kids a chance to get dirty (maybe even eat dirt) may be just what the doctor ordered for long term resistance to stress. Indeed, giving kids back their “wildhoods” is a great strategy for physical and psychological health."...

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/nurturing-resilience/201707/kids-need-eat-dirt-and-get-dirty

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08/03/2018 9:22 AM

Ah but you are opening a legal "can of worms". Other parents may not want you watching what their children are doing.

We are being watched too much already these days.

Pedophiles would just love to hack into such a feed.

Potential school shooters don't seem to care if they are caught, or even die. I am sure they would love to have access to a view of the security in a school building before entering.

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08/03/2018 10:19 AM

You have no right of privacy in a public place.....nobody was ever harmed from observation alone.....A shooter may choose an easier target if he knows he's going to have to face a dedicated trained shooter to reach his target....or may abandon this altogether...No parent would object to having another parent text them info that their child was being bullied....

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08/03/2018 10:26 AM

The same parents that object to armed guards, and there appears to be quite a few, would also fight the observation of their children by others all the way to the Supreme Court. This is not 1958. Then it would have never been questioned.

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08/03/2018 11:32 AM

That ship has sailed ....single point of entry and trained armed guards are ubiquitous here in Florida....I've never been in a children's facility that didn't have video surveillance...Nearly every child has an internet presence of some sort now, just like the adults...some much more than others, with daily video blogs...

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08/03/2018 11:59 AM

Well...yes it has and no it hasn't. Being observed by teachers and administrators is one thing. Having a feed so Billy Richboys mother can watch what Johnny Rednecks son is doing, or vice versa, is what you are proposing. The intrusion into privacy issue will rise the first time either mother posts derogatory remarks about the other's child on Facebook, and the feed source is the school's cameras.

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08/03/2018 4:46 PM

The Constitution says that we have the right to be secure in our persons. This can be interpreted as our domain. What the Constitution doesn't specify is the range of that domain, or the space that our domain occupies. This is the loophole.and loopholes can be exploited. In this instance, if entry and exit portals were secure, then there would be no reason to have monitoring devices within. In an arrangement of fear, every nook and cranny would be under observation and only under arbitration would the range of that space be determined.

This could be called a slippery slope, who or what can be used to define the security in our persons ? Currently social norms are often guides and these are many and varied, depending on the situation, such as : the space between two houses, the countertop between the customer and the clerk, the space between between patrons standing in a line, etc

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08/03/2018 5:16 PM

Dude, you're touching my personal space bubble....

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08/03/2018 12:58 PM

My school district (a small district in a mostly-rural county) proposed installing military-grade surveillance cameras earlier this year. We voted that proposal down for several reasons, including cost and concern about how saved video might be used.

That said, I do think that some kind of grounds surveillance camera coverage is a good idea. Where we live we are just as likely to catch a bear or another wild animal on the camera as someone who has no business on school grounds. Either kind of intruder is worth knowing about.

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Typical surveillance video is not saved beyond 30 days usually, then it's taped over....Let's face it the kids all have phones and can post live video to the internet whenever they want....It's happening now...

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08/03/2018 2:37 PM

France has eliminated that issue - phones are not allowed in schools anymore.

I understand the concern over communication going to / from school and during an emergency at the school, but really, this is a good policy overall.

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08/03/2018 3:40 PM

Why would you deprive a student from being able to look up something, I'm sure a lot of students google for answers just like everybody else, it's a teaching extension....Now I'm sure most teachers want any ringers silenced and probably talking to friends during class time is probably restricted as well, but banning them? This isn't France....

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08/03/2018 3:48 PM

Looking up something....such as test answers? Good idea. (????)

I guess you are not into the rote memorization of useless facts. This was my forte in high school. I ruined every grading curve.

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08/03/2018 8:04 PM

I once scored an 'A' on a test that the entire rest of the class failed.... it was a final that counted for a third of the final grade for the year....the teacher lamented to me that she was in a quandary as to what she should do....she bought me off with the class pet a white rat....my beloved Thelma...RIP ...I've kept my silence until this day....

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