We've use a parent portal to our student information system data for at least seven years. Using a common browser (and now mobile apps), parents can view current grades, attendance, work completion, and other data on their children.
All good, yes?
As the father of a child whose idea of satisfactory school performance and his teachers' were often at odds, I would have found such a resource invaluable. While I never did my son's work for him, I always saw my parental role as doing quality control and assuring school work came before recreation. Good access to information about my son's academic performance would have helped me do a better job of both those tasks.
"Homework all done? Grades good? Projects complete?"
"All good, Dad, so let me get back to my video game."
I don't think my son ever deliberately misled me about how he was doing in school. I just think he was a little clueless at times. As a parent, I could have done a better job cluing him in if I knew how he was doing on an ongoing basis.
But helicopter parenting seems to be a growing epidemic. Dictionary.com defines it as:
a style of child rearing in which an overprotective mother or father discourages a child's independence
by being too involved in the child's life: In typical helicopter parenting, a mother or father swoops in
at any sign of challenge or discomfort.