Schools Monitoring Kids' Weight, Social Media

Dan Abrams discusses controversial school programs that may seem a little invasive.
4:25 | 09/18/13

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brand-new series, "the jury's out." That's where dan abrams gives us the scoop on the provocative topics. First on the docket. A district monitoring media accounts of middle and high school students. For $40,500 a year, they've hired an outside company to send them a daily report about students' social media activities. My take. I don't have a problem with it. These are comments on public forums and one student was talking about ending his life. It's been helped. As long as the school uses it to help students as opposed to punishing them for saying something stupid. I'm all for it. Where is that line? That's the question. What could the school do with it? They can look at whatever they want. Nancy grace would vehemently disagree with you. It sounds like I don't agree with you. I'm going to say no. Positively no. Solidly no. This information is going out. It's directed to someone else. It's not directed to the school. To me, that's like you listening in on my private conversation with my friends. I'm going to say no. I think it's wrong, wrong, wrong. I think if it could help bullying, if we can stop that problem -- do you trust the school in what could the school do with the information? What could they do with it? They would use it. They could send it to police if someone puts up a gun. Isn't that a good thing? Is it a good thing? That's why it's fascinating. And the jury is out. You're talking about the extremes. You're not talking about the regular conversations that happen. The extremes of suicide, gun play, things like that, somebody should get involved. Twitter, here's what some of you had to say. What do we got? We got c gonzalez, students' social media is their private activity on their own time. Up to parents to monitor. Not big brother. Next on the docket. So-called fat letters up to 20 states that parents will be getting sealed letters from school, informing them their students are at risk of obesity, based on the body mass index. Many worried that the notes will lead to worse self-esteem in those kids. What's your take? My take, these could harm students' self-esteem. Any not so positive report from a school. But in a nation where 30% of children and teens are overweight and obese, robin's raising their hand, it's a good thing. And it's a parents' job to translate the bad news to the kids. I remember when sam was talking about this. You cannot, as a school, eliminate physical education and then have the nerve to send letters out. When you are not helping these children. It's a community thing. It starts at home, too. But I have a problem with physical education being eliminated from a lot of schools and activities. The soda machines. Machines with fatty foods. You have a problem with the letter? I absolutely do. I think school is a minefield for children, especially in this day and age. Especially with social media existing. And I think the more we can take the bug-a-boo of school being a place to suffer away. They're going to the parents. You know the information gets out. I think it can lead to more bullying. A source of embarrassment. I don't want a school deciding that. Not your job. Your job is to give them edgeation. My job as a parent, everyone's job as a parent, is to watch their weight. Real libertarian. I think it's a horrible idea. And will begin to festering of bullying and eating disorders. Time for another? Our last item on the docket this morning. The family dinner. An article in "the wall street journal" this morning focuses on it. Studies highlight the importance of this tradition. Adding even 3 1/2 minutes to dinner can make a big difference to your kids' well-being. That's great. In a perfect world, longer dinners are terrific. In the real world, a lot of us can't do it. This isn't about stop watching. Parents don't need another reason to feel -- quality. Quality. Not quantity. Gets the heart out. Great job.

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