Loading...
The Family Room The Family Room Blog Home

Parents Upset Over Lunchtime Palm Scanner

$300,000 system leads to privacy concerns.

Parents of students at Carroll County schools in Baltimore say a new policy that scans kids’ palms to pay for their lunches goes too far.

Photo: Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty ImagesWith the PalmSecure system, students hover their hands over an infrared scanner that ID’s them by the unique patterns in their skin and registers a sale, according to a report from the Daily Herald.

The Herald talked to Mike Richmond, who has two children at a Westminster elementary school. He said the scanning started before parents were given the chance to opt out.

"I didn’t appreciate how they handled it. I’m concerned about it. I know it’s the way of the future, but it’s fingerprinting, it’s palm-printing."

The district said the goal is to decrease the time it takes to pay for lunches since the children have a limited amount of time to eat their meals.

The controversial system is operating in three Carroll County elementary schools with plans to expand to the whole district within a year. It’s also used in many other schools around the country where there have also been concerns about invasion of privacy as well as the cost of the system. Once implemented, PalmSecure will run the Carroll County district about $300,000.

Bing: Read more about the story.

Photo: Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images

 

 

More Family & Parenting on MSN Living:
51 Perfect Day Trips for Families
The Most Popular Baby Names of All Time
Top Names for the Top 10 Dog Breeds

 

 

2079Comments
Oct 11, 2012 3:41PM
avatar
This idea bothers me, greatly. If my child's school implemented this, I would take them out. I've done it before, switched schools because I didn't agree with policies. It's up to us, as parents, to take a stand and defend our children's freedoms. My full rant can be found here: 
Oct 9, 2012 11:55PM
avatar
It may not be about the free or reduced rate lunches but don't you realize if you work that your tax dollars are going towards paying for these lunches that get thrown out and most if not all public schools offer the Federal School Lunch Program!!!
Oct 9, 2012 1:38PM
avatar

Happy said "Wake up why would the goverment put into action for a school lunch program to save a litte time for them to eat". First off the government did not, the school did. dont twist and turn to better suite your argument. the school did, so if its the schools program how is the government trying to track you through it.

   like i said in the last post, they have other ways and means to track us already, i.e. credit card transactions. when they get rid of paper money and make everbody get a goverment issue credit card then have some concern.

 so being able to track you is not a conspiracy theory, its true. and im giving that to you to take the conspiracy theory out of this, its for the school by the school and does not have anything to do with the government. so mr kennith being able to track you through credit cards is relevent, because you said the freedom theyre trying to take away with the palm reader is the 4th Amendment, the  right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure of your person or your property, but its ok for them to do it through your credit card because it was willingly done. its not willingly done if you think its conspiracy theory crap. so the school started doing it without the parent permission, now they know go to a differant school willingly. whats done is done, the school (not government) had good intentions. the government doesnt need the schools to track the kids in the future, they aready have there own, and they wouldnt risk the debate about something we know about(like palm readers in school), its what we dont know about that we should be scared of. kennith maybe ur right. maybe its beyond me to write a coherent post, but unlike your argument, mine is not prejudice, or anti goverment. if you think about it "No personal identification information is exchanged" to get ur lunch. HOW DOES IT TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOM? ((coherent) next they'll say its not coherent beause of my spelling or punctuation mistakes, thats there next argument in a losing battle)

Oct 9, 2012 8:45AM
avatar
But we can not have a National ID -
Oct 9, 2012 5:22AM
avatar
why are u trying to block me MSNBC???????????????
Oct 9, 2012 5:16AM
avatar
What's wrong with using MONEY, Mara?????.....huh?
Oct 9, 2012 4:45AM
avatar
Can't the kids have a card just like a metro card that is attached to a necklace and the younger kids will be given thier card with the name on it daily. When back from lunch they hang it on a hook or the teacher locks it up?
Oct 9, 2012 4:43AM
avatar

I always pack my kids lunch. Those lunch ladies eat all the good stuff and give the kids the days old bread etc. My daughter once got molded bread. No thanks! Now about the scanning kids don't need to be scanned like criminals. Give to kids a ticket a day.

Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

News, stories, tips and laughs for moms & dads

  • Getty Images

    7 things new moms will feel guilty doing, but should

    You just had a baby? You're a superstar! All those diapers, all that spit up, and you're makin' magic happen. But you're also likely tired - really tired - and busy (so, so busy). Taking time for yourself might seem like an indulgence but a happy mom makes for a happy baby. Here are 7 things you should definitely do to keep your sanity intact and your spirit high. <more, below>

  • DIY finger paints

    Kid-friendly DIY: 10 projects sure to inspire summer fun

    Summertime is on, and the kids are out of school. Every mom knows that for these three months it's more important than ever to keep the kids busy. But you don't have to schedule your life away with camps, or drop a bundle on activities and games that come in a box. You can make your own fun, and even include the kids in the prep, with some simple, inexpensive DIY crafts that will keep them playing 'til the lightening bugs come out. Make your own fingerpaint, bubbles, and crayons. Create a fort-building kit and superhero capes that will kick their imaginations into overdrive. Here are 10 of our favorite kid-friendly DIY crafts to fuel your summertime fun.

  • DIY modern dog bed

    5 easy-to-make dog beds

    Let these DIY dog bed projects be your inspiration and within a single weekend, you can construct something that really makes Rex feel like a king.

  • Global baby serum

    What to get someone who’s having a baby

    The task of finding an eco-friendly, safe-for-baby gift parents-to-be will actually use is kind of challenging. Add to that a price limit of $50, and the feat suddenly feels impossible! Fortunately, we combed the marketplace for some of the prettiest, most useful, sweetest gifts for baby and family. Many are fine on their own, while others would work well as part of a bigger basket — you know, if you wish to achieve that shower-goer hero status.

  • via Newser

    Mom threatened with forced c-section

    Jennifer Goodall gave birth Friday after much drama

  • via Scary Mommy

    Me, through my children's eyes

    My kids snapped a pic of me on my phone and it changed how I see myself

  • Newser

    Boy, 8, carries disabled brother through triathlon

    6-year-old has rare brain condition

  • Newser

    Question gets boy, 4, banned from doughnut shop

    He wanted to know if woman was pregnant

  • GHK

    And the best state to raise kids in is...

    Did your state make the grade?

  • Family talking together

    5 reasons your family needs a weekend without any plans

    Remember the concept of weekends being a time for rest, relaxation, and togetherness? No? Us either. Between soccer games, playdates, dragging your kids to see the new exhibition at the local children's museum, and we need to pick up a gift for that birthday party that starts in . . . 20 minutes, juggling a busy family's weekend schedule can be more stressful than a weekday. While we know it's simply not realistic to cancel all your plans and obligations moving forward, clearing the calendar for just one weekend can be just the refresher that your family's craving. Here's why.

  • Baby technology then and now

    Gentlemen: We have the technology to raise babies

    A new dad finds an Epcot Center's worth of innovation after expecting none at all.

  • via Newser

    Kids' parties gone wrong lead to parents' arrests

    Alcohol and tattoos are not meant for the pre-teen set

Loading...
Most Popular
  • Shared
  • Commented
  • Viewed
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
family videos