It's hard to know who to trust with your child so some parents turn to in home surveillance devices to keep a watchful eye on their caregiver. A friend of a staffer here at Sugar HQ decided to invest in one to ease her concerns about her nanny, despite the woman's great references and clean record. Thankfully, she did.
In this shocking video from the hidden cam, the mother learned her twin babes had been manhandled, left in extremely unsafe positions and put at high risk for injuries. After viewing the footage while at work, she promptly went home and fired the nanny. The police are now involved and fortunately, the lil boys were not harmed.
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There are a variety of nanny cams on the market, mostly wireless devices hidden inside any household item. Prices can range from $100 to $500 and can be purchased in electronic stores or online. It is legal to use a hidden camera in your home in all 50 states, however it is illegal to record speech without a person's consent in the following 15 states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
Some polls and studies have shown that the childcare providers don't object to being video taped while they care for the children, but just want to be informed about it. Of course if your gut is telling you to get a nanny cam, chances are the caregiver needs to go.