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Should You Install A Nanny Cam?

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Installing a nanny cam is something that many parents consider. The reason is that every parent wants to be assured that their child is being cared for in the best possible way.

Peace of mind and the knowledge that your nanny is doing a great job are both obviously important. However, installing a nanny cam may not be the best answer, despite the fact that it often instinctively seems like a good strategy. The following reasons may convince you that a camera is not necessarily the answer:

A Serious Problem Shouldn’t Be Delayed

Never ignore your instincts! If you feel that something is seriously wrong, then you are probably right. A nanny cam should be seen as a way to deter poor quality care, not as a way of trying to catch an act of abuse. In this type of situation, you simply need to take immediate action.

The Reality Can Be Different

If you do ultimately install a nanny cam, it should be a quality camera that records constantly in real time so that you have a better image. Many cheaper cameras simply do not capture images effectively. The result can often be grainy, difficult to accurately make out or distorted. This means that the footage can be interpreted in different ways. If your camera only records when it detects motion, it can be difficult to interpret the footage, especially if your nanny wanders in and out of the frame.

A False Sense Of Security

While a nanny cam will undoubtedly show you some or all of what’s going on when you’re not there, to some extent it provides a false sense of security. Perhaps a better solution is to make sure you are talking to your nanny regularly, especially about any issues, problems or different approaches when it comes to caring for your children. You may also consider asking your nanny to keep a daily journal. Other options include calling to check in on her and coming home from work when she’s not expecting it.

Some Recordings Are Illegal

It’s actually illegal to record conversations without the other person’s consent, despite the fact that you are allowed to install a nanny cam in your home. In some states, there are also laws governing the location of surveillance cameras and the secret recording of any speech.

Breaching Your Nanny’s Trust

Most nannies will be quite upset if they later find out that you installed a nanny cam. If you really feel this is your best option, it’s much better to be upfront and tell her you are doing so. If your nanny does not know there’s a camera, it can potentially be quite embarrassing. A nanny changing her clothes in the living room because the baby made a mess on them is not going to want this image to be recorded!

While cameras can definitely be useful, in most cases, communicating with your nanny and thoroughly screening her before hiring her are better strategies.

John Winthorp is a writer for www.nanny.net, which is a website where people go to hire a nanny

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