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Dear Poll: Would You Use a Nanny Cam?

I am not a mother, but I do know how hard it is for new moms to leave their children for the first time. Trusting someone to watch your kids while you enjoy a much needed night off, or while you have to attend your husband's work function takes a lot of faith, and most of all, intuition.

So after you've interviewed many potential babysitter candidates, do you truly feel they can be trusted with your baby, or would you feel more comfortable if you could see everything that's going on while you're out? We have all heard of Nanny Cams, so to all you mothers out there, would you, or do you use a nanny cam when you leave your child with a sitter?


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mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
no kids for me, but i can't imagine using a nanny cam.
esk4 esk4 9 years
ok but if you tell them about the camera couldn't they just do things in other rooms where they knew the camera couldn't see... it defeats the purpose
lms lms 9 years
I am not sure if I would use one, but I stay home with my daughter. She has only been watched by family members and friends and only once by a babysitter in almost 8 years. Both of my sister in laws have nannies but I don't think they have nanny cams. However, they are both SAHM's and are there most of the time except for when they go do errands.
tati33 tati33 9 years
hell yes!! my mom is a nanny and has worked with 2 other nannies in the same home...i personally would see what the baby nurse would do to the baby she was taking care of treating him like a rag doll at he was like 2 or 3 months old! really? the parents never saw this because of course her behavior was different in front of them..i tell you nanny cam all the way.. ideally i would like to take care of my kids myself or have even my mom take care of them...but if i ever had to hire a nanny you bet a nanny cam would be in place..even if her background was "clean"
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i dont have kids.. but when i do.. i plan on staying home with them till they are in junior high school.. so by then.. they should be able to stay home alone.. for the hour or so from after school to when i get off work.. cuz really i dont think i could trust anyone with my kids.. unless it was close family
NdHebert NdHebert 9 years
I would never let someone else raise my children. So no, I would have no need for one, or for a nanny.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I would totally use one.
darlene darlene 9 years
I'd use one no matter what
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I completely agree with starbright. If you're going to use it, have it be something you state up-front. Nannies should know that if they don't want to be seen picking their nose or scratching their ass, they can step into the bathroom. And hopefully no one's setting up nanny cams in the bathroom.
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
I have been a nanny on and off for the past ten years... and I have to say, I have always felt extremely violated when I found out that the family was watching me. I understand the need to protect your children, but I don't know where it becomes crossing the line. I suggest that if you are putting up a camera to watch the nanny, I would let her know it's running...
Greggie Greggie 9 years
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 9 years
as a nanny, i feel like nanny cams are an invasion of privacy. I just feel strange being watched, even though Im not doing anything wrong. A lot of times i look in the pantry for food too and i would just feel strange
Megan37 Megan37 9 years
Plus a lot of times someone hurting a child ends up being someone that the parents trusted. A camera would just show me how much the parents were willing to do to ensure their children's safety.
Megan37 Megan37 9 years
I've also been a nanny but if I found a camera I would understand and respect it. I love the children I nannied for and want the best for them and never had anything to hide. I think that if all nannies were recorded or acted as if they were being recorded then we'd all be better off starting with the kids. When I nannied and would take the children to the park, most of the other nannies would just sit and talk with each other instead of playing with and supervising the children they were responsible for. Maybe nanny cams would improve the quality of care that some kids are receiving.
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 9 years
If I had a Nanny I would only use it for the first couple of weeks to make sure that I could trust her and monitor how she was with my kid.
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 9 years
If I had kids, I sure as hell would!
esk4 esk4 9 years
idk I used to babysit, and in this world where you never ever absolutly can know a person won't harm your child... I wouldn't blame parents if they wanted to tape me... as long as it wasn't just me... if it was the same treatment for anyone who watched their kids thats fine.
lovelymiss6 lovelymiss6 9 years
Being a nanny also, It would be wierd if I found a nanny cam. And I would be hurt. But I suppose some parents just need the extra reassurance that their children are ok.I think nanny cams are trully neccessary when the parents thing something is wrong, but that's why you have to have pick someone you trust with your kids.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
remedios: I agree with you from a nanny's perspective. I would be very surprised if anyone I ever worked for had one of these cameras, but they would not have seen anything anyway! LOL. Nevertheless there is a fine line here... is the nanny's privacy as a worker important when she's in charge of someone's children? This is some ethical debate I don't even know how to begin.
allien86 allien86 9 years
Well seeing as the only people who will babysit my children will be their grandparents/relatives, I said no. However I can see the advantages of having one, especially with hired/new babysitter. I think a parent has a right to know what the person entrusted with their child(ren) are up to. Its better to be safe than sorry.
remedios remedios 9 years
So 62% (as of now anyway) either don't yet have kids or if you do, you own a camera and spy on your nanny? I'm shocked, really. I didn't know there was that much spying going on. I understand your apprehension, I'm just totally surprised that so many people are currently spying on their babysitters. I used to nanny and now I'm totally creeped out that someone might have been watching me when I adjusted my underwear or any other potentially embarrassing thing. This just doesn't sound right. Again, I get why you all want to do it, but that still doesn't reconcile with my interest in privacy. If I know I'm being filmed, I have the right to decide not to go somewhere. But if I'm being spied on, I don't even get to decide? Sounds intrusive at best, possibly illegal. If you all are that worried that you're willing to invade someone's privacy, it seems you need to readjust your life to not hire a nanny if at all possible. (and yes, they have a privacy interest even in your home - there is a reasonable expectation that they're not being filmed) And if you're that worried that you don't have a problem invading someone's privacy, isn't it a bit odd to then say, but hey, I'll place my child's life in his/her hands? So that many people are already spying on their babysitters huh? Wow.
demeter demeter 9 years
Yes, but I also feel like if you don't trust them you shouldn't be letting them watch your kids.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I totally would if I had any idea how to work one. lol Thus far, four and a half years into this whole parenting thing, we've only had friends and family watch our kids. But, I imagine if I had to resort to paid help, I'd be much more nervous about leaving my kids.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
No, because I wouldn't have a nanny. Paying someone for Babysitting? Isn't that what parents are for, haha?
luckykarma luckykarma 9 years
I don't have kids...but nowadays you can't really trust anyone...I would get a nanny cam in a heartbeat as well.
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