Several schools in the Buffalo area are requiring students to wear pedometers to track their physical activity.
The schools are taking part in a federal program to track physical activity and teach children the difference between exercise and staying inside. According to WHEC, data is being collected across the school year, and is immediately sent to the federal government. Students are also asked to keep a log of their activity. Some schools are even making wearing the pedometers a part of students’ grades; refusing to wear one earns a zero.
The initiative has met quite a bit of resistance. Some parents are concerned that it could negatively impact the self-image of some students. Others believe it is an invasion of privacy. Parent Kelly Labonte told KFDX News, “It just baffles me how they can force this upon you, I think it should be a choice and I think some kids will choose to do it.”
Parents, what are your thoughts?
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