Technology has made it easier than ever to track each other's movements, social interactions, and more—sometimes too easy. So it's no surprise that parents have now found a digital way to track their child's every move while at school.
CampusPortal is a generally helpful program that many schools have begun to utilize. It involves a website, first and foremost, where parents and children each have their own accounts, that allows them to look up grades and attendance records. It's a great resource for students who are looking to manage their schedules, assignments and academic progress, and it helps with organizing and prioritizing homework, essays and projects.
But some are having issues with CampusPortal's companion app. Parents can download the app, which sends real-time notifications about their children's grades and attendance. But mom Angie Aker, who wrote about her experience with the CampusPortal's real-time app on , was recently horrified to see one day that her son, Axel, had been marked absent for four classes in a row. She immediately panicked and assumed her son was skipping school—until she figured out that a meeting with his guidance counselor merely resulted in a changed schedule, and the CampusPortal system hadn't caught up yet.
Technology issues aside, others are decrying the app as a touch too "Big Brother." Letting parents access their child's every grade, no matter how small the assignment, seems like micromanaging. How is a child going to gain the maturity to tell their parents about a failed assignment if his parents already know by the time he gets off the bus?
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