Tiferes Yisroel, a Jewish all-boys school in Flatbush, really wants to make sure their students concentrate on their homework when they're at home. That's why they're asking parents to buy software to monitor their internet activity at home, and then get their Web-browsing histories emailed to a chaver, or friend. And if the parents think this is a violation of their privacy, the school is arguing that the rabbi says it's kosher. The school wrote to parents, "We are following the dictates of our [rabbis]—that as human beings, we cannot trust ourselves. This is proper education."

Parents are justifiably upset that their web browsing history will be on view along with their childrens'. One father said, "I'm not paying $60 a year so they can monitor me. I don't go to that school—my kids do." He also noted that his two kids aren't even allowed to use the computer at home. Other Jewish schools have suggested that parents install the program, but Tiferes Yisroel is the first to demand that parents do so. They also suggest parents chose a female chaver, and one outside their immediate family.