Should the use of nanny cams be disclosed?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Should nanny cameras be disclosed? Do/Will you use them in your home?
    Yes, they should be disclosed but not told where they’re hidden. : (53 votes)
    37 %
    Yes, they should be disclosed and provided with exact locations. : (5 votes)
    3 %
    No, they shouldn’t be disclosed. That would defeat the purpose. : (33 votes)
    23 %
    I do/will use them in my home. I’d rather be safe than sorry. : (20 votes)
    14 %
    I do/will use them in my home if I have a reason for concern. : (21 votes)
    14 %
    I don’t/will not use them in my home. : (13 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 4
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @UpstateCait:  I think the real question is, would you ever take the time to watch the tapes? And how long would you keep the recordings for?

    Post # 5
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I agree with you.

    If I were to use a nanny cam the purpose would be to PREVENT something from happening not catch them in the act. Because at that point harm would already have happened to my child!

    I think they have the right to know they are being watched. But if you tell them where then if they were to do something bad they will just do it somewhere the nanny cam can’t see. But if they don’t know where it is they will assume every angle is being watched.

    Post # 6
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    At “work”, you can be recorded, you don’t need to be told it’s happening. As long as the cameras are not in dressing rooms or bathrooms, it’s legal. The nanny is coming into YOUR home, where YOU are the employer and home owner.  No different than cameras at non-home work settings.

    Disclosing even the use, let alone the location, of nanny cams defeats the purpose and if the nanny is going to do something bad, they’ll just learn to hide it better.

    Post # 7
    2607 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I agree with you… they should be disclosed, but not told where they are.  I would have been MORTIFIED as a teenager to find out that someone recorded me picking my nose or farting, or adjusting a wedgie (stuff that gross as it is, we all do at some point when we think we’re alone) while watching TV after the kids went to bed… but at the same time I’d have no problem knowing the parents wanted to record us to keep their kids safe.

    Post # 8
    2849 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I haven’t given this topic much thought, but I know if I were a babysitter, I would definitely want to know if I’m being recorded. Like you said, some things I do when I think nobody is watching are embarrassing. However, I also believe that you shouldn’t hire someone you can’t trust. When I do have children, I’ll probably have family members babysit, so I can’t imagine needing to record them. 

    Post # 10
    2183 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I was a nanny, and they were disclosed. The child had been very sick for much of her 2 years in existence, and the family had these cameras, one on each floor, that provided a live stream with no audio (or at least that’s what i was told :)). Their original use was so that long distance family could see the little girl, and it transitioned to a nanny cam. It was helpful, though, because this little girl had terrible asthma and often needed a nebulizer treatment. But, the cam helped me show the mom, and we determined together if she did (not every time, just when I wasn’t sure).

    Now, there were times she’d watch it and call me because I wasn’t playing with her daughter. Why wasn’t I playing with her? Because she asked for alone time. Was I in the same room watching her? Of course.

    And there were others when she would see her daughter throw a fit and me calmly send her to time out. I was praised for those.

    Now, with my future child, will I have one? I’m not sure. Knowing the camera was there didn’t change my actions. I think they sort of protect the folks on both sides of the camera. But… no. I don’t think I would, unless it were a unique situation as I was in. I would trust my sitter.

    Post # 11
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    I heard about that guy. what a scum bag.

    If I had just hired someone and planned on using them, Yes, but I wouldn’t tell them where they were.

    If I felt that something fishy was going on and wanted to check, then no I wouldn’t tell them.

    Certain areas are totally off limits though. Bathrooms, nanny’s bedroom. That’s invasion of privacy.

    When it sounded like my grandmother was going to have to go into a nursing home, I absolutely would have put one in her room without telling the staff. I have heard too many stories of elder abuse and I would want to make sure she was being cared for.

    Post # 12
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I don’t think I would ever use one unless I had a suspicion, and in that case I wouldn’t tell the person because it would defeat the purpose. I think that’s why it’s important to interview nannies, that way you can get a feel for their personality. If I hire someone to watch my child for long periods of time I’d want to trust them and not have to worry about monitoring them.

    Now, if I was in @Mrs. Gremmlin:‘s situation with a sick child, that may be different. To have a child with special needs is difficult and I’d want to be able to make sure they were being properly cared for and attended to!

    Post # 13
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @abbyful:  That may be true where you are, but where I live your employer is required to tell you if you are being recorded.

    Post # 14
    842 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have a nanny cam right now for our dog.  I like to be able to look in on her and see how she’s doing throughout the day.  She has some anxiety problems and in the past had seizures due to it, so when she’s having a bad day I like to see how she’s doing.  We do have a dog walker, and I was really happy when he noticed it right off the bat, because I didn’t want it to be a secret, because that felt kind of icky to me.  The purpose wasn’t to try to watch him or his interactions with the dog.

    So I guess the purpose of nanny cams is a little different, because they are intended to check up on that person with your child.  But I don’t see myself as being the type to hide a nanny cam and secretly watch the footage every night.  I would like the option that I have now, to look in for a minute and see how things are going.  But only in limited (and common) areas. 

    Post # 15
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    First off – I would never use a nanny cam.  If I didn’t trust the person in my home, I wouldn’t be leaving my child with them.

    But, I do think if nanny cams are being used, the nanny should be told (but not told where they are located).

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