A parental monitoring option has been newly added to an electronic lunch payment system called Mealpay.com, created by Horizon Software International of Loganville, Ga. For two years, the payment system, reportedly used by 1,000 school districts in 21 states, has allowed parents to prepay for student lunches electronically. Students type in their identification number before the cafeteria cashier rings up each day's lunch bill. The bill then is deducted from the student's account. The system initially was designed as a convenient way to make sure children bought lunch without worrying that lunch money would get lost, spent on other things,...

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