The New York Times reports that a profusion of online programs that can track a student's daily progress is changing the nature of communication between parents and children, families, and teachers ... and sometimes increases family tension. Software programs such as Edline, ParentConnect, Pinnacle Internet Viewer, and PowerSchool are used by thousands of schools, kindergarten through 12th grade. Although a few of these programs have been available for a decade, schools have been using them more in recent years as federal reporting requirements have expanded and home computers and fast internet connections have become more common. Citing studies showing that

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