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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Just stop publicly funding the health care of people who self-sabotage.
    We're discussing school kids. they are not 'self-sabotaging', they have not received the education or help in developing healthy habits. This could be a part of that education. You are only self-sabotaging if you know and understand the consequences of your actions.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    They were forced to cut gym due ot budget cuts - and that makes monitoring our children's bodies in and out of school as being OK?

    How on earth do you arrive at that conclusion?

    What my children do outside of school is NONE of their business.
    I don't really get what the concern is... What are you worried would happen? It just tracks their heartbeats. The only are getting 10 of them. It's not like some permanent monitoring tool or something. It's like "hey kids, lets do a science experiment today to see how many heartbeats you have when you're sleeping, when you're walking and when you're reading for the next 24 hours"... Kids generally really enjoy science experiments that involve themselves in some way. Things where they can see their own pulse rate and figure out what makes it go up and what makes it go down. That's just the kind of science exercise that gets them excited about science, and in this case, about fitness too. My mom was a teacher and they did similar, although lower tech, science activities all the time. The kids love that kind of stuff.

    I'm sure if a kid's parents didn't want him to wear it for some reason, the school would be fine with that, although I don't get why any parent would think it was a problem.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Let me get this straight, it's voluntary?


    "A program like this should only be voluntary. Nobody should be forced to reveal biological indicators," he said.



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    And it allows kids to know, and not for the schools to anything?

    Sounds like a study to use technology as a tool for improvement. Someone articluate for me what the complaint is. I have to understand that before I form an opinion.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    I don't really get what the concern is... What are you worried would happen? It just tracks their heartbeats. The only are getting 10 of them. It's not like some permanent monitoring tool or something. It's like "hey kids, lets do a science experiment today to see how many heartbeats you have when you're sleeping, when you're walking and when you're reading for the next 24 hours"...

    I'm sure if a kid's parents didn't want him to wear it for some reason, the school would be fine with that, although I don't get why any parent would think it was a problem.
    If it doesn't bother you then that's fine - you can wear it.

    But my kids aren't there for the school's endlessly nosy-body snooping satisfaction. Something such as that is not for schools to decide - it is for me to decide.

    How much more invasive will things get: from taking pictures of children while they're in the privacy of their bedrooms at home to monitoring heartbeat and sleeping habits - to what else? Random visits at the home to inspect the fridge? Then what? Random snoops into the family financial history or showing up on Halloween to inspect the candy?

    Why is it permissible for schools to continually cross the line and PLAY parent?
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    We're discussing school kids. they are not 'self-sabotaging', they have not received the education or help in developing healthy habits . This could be a part of that education. You are only self-sabotaging if you know and understand the consequences of your actions.
    How do you know they haven't?

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    If it doesn't bother you then that's fine - you can wear it.

    But my kids aren't there for the school's endlessly nosy-body snooping satisfaction. Something such as that is not for schools to decide - it is for me to decide.
    Well, I'm sure that if your kids' school wanted to do this sort of science activity you could request that your kid be excluded. I still don't get what you're worried about though. I think you're mixing up what it is about. It's not like the school is like trying to build a case against parents for something or whatever. It's to teach the kids what happens in their body when they're more active and less active.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    Well, I'm sure that if your kids' school wanted to do this sort of science activity you could request that your kid be excluded. I still don't get what you're worried about though. I think you're mixing up what it is about. It's not like the school is like trying to build a case against parents for something or whatever. It's to teach the kids what happens in their body when they're more active and less active.
    Bad ideas spread like wildfire - one school does it and soon they're all doing it if they can get away with it. I'm fine with it *at school* as part of science/fitness class . . . but it should end there and not involve things like "bedtime" monitoring and such unless the parents gave permission FIRST and have FULL say over what happens - it shouldn't just be sent home spontaneously or even required.

    Per 'building a case' - why do you think they won't? Schools are required to report any and all suspected 'child abuse' activity regardless of validity . . . If some people are willing to take photos of kids via webcam I don't think it's impossible for one such individual to make a stink out of sleeping habits.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Bad ideas spread like wildfire - one school does it and soon they're all doing it if they can get away with it. I'm fine with it *at school* as part of science/fitness class . . . but it should end there and not involve things like "bedtime" monitoring and such unless the parents gave permission FIRST and have FULL say over what happens - it shouldn't just be sent home spontaneously or even required.
    Again, isn't this exactly that, voluntary, with parents permission?

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Bad ideas spread like wildfire - one school does it and soon they're all doing it if they can get away with it. I'm fine with it *at school* as part of science/fitness class . . . but it should end there and not involve things like "bedtime" monitoring and such unless the parents gave permission FIRST and have FULL say over what happens - it shouldn't just be sent home spontaneously or even required.
    Again, why? Explain the impact. What bad do you worry would come of a science experiment that monitors their sleeping heart rate?

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    seems the best way to address obesity at school is health class and PE.

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