USA Today reports that while webcams have been a fixture of college life for almost a decade, some colleges are currently deploying them as a “digital tether” to parents who are eager for live glimpses of their children. For parents, these cams can offer a bit of reassurance that their children are still eating healthy and generally taking care of themselves. This development coincides with a crop of students who are in far more frequent contact with their parents compared to previous generations. One reason for this is the availability and affordability of today’s cell phones. Unlimited calling plans and the portability of cell phones enable college students to call home more than ever before. Another contributing factor for this phenomenon may be the spiraling cost of tuition. Through cell phones, and now, webcams, parents may feel like they are “monitoring an investment.” …