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The talk at the moms coffee group this morning was a show that some of the ladies had seen about nanny cams. Nanny cams are not your typical digital wireless video baby monitors or audio baby monitors that may have been broadcasting your next door neighbor's personal conversations into your home via your cordless phone.

These hidden cameras are spy ware, equipment for moms and dads who leave baby at home with nannies that they apparently don't trust. Why else would these people be spying on the hired help? My thoughts are that these parents are leaving their tiny babies with people they barely know and to make themselves feel better about it, they go out and buy electronics so they can spy on them and have them arrested if need be AFTER the evening is over.

I've seen the shows on television where baby monitors or the stuffed animal with camera lenses for eyeballs picked up appalling film footage of the babysitter beating the tar out of newborns and toddlers that couldn't defend themselves, but what good is it to catch them after baby's brain is damaged from shaken baby syndrome?

I don't believe that the most high tech spy equipment could ever take the place of parenting. There is no event, evening out or party that would make me leave my children with a person that I felt the slightest need to spy on. The sitters that I use probably need me to nanny cam the kids for possible babysitter abuse rather than the other way around! I wonder if it ever strikes some parents that they may need to stay their butts at home rather than entrust people who might abuse their babies with their care?

I'm not slamming all sitters or nannies by any means as the case of poor Lattie McGee proves that some parents should be watched and not just babysitters. God knows that there is no punishment strong enough for those people on this earth for what they did to that child. May that poor baby find peace in God's arms.

I just want to bring to mommy's and daddy's attention that a hidden camera is not going to protect their child if an unscrupulous person is left in charge. If you have doubts, don't leave the house!


Anonymous said...

That is a very ignorant comment. Some parents (like myself) have no choice but to go to work and leave their baby with a nanny...it's difficult to find someone trustworthy and oftentimes, you are forced to go with someone you don't know very well. You try to make the best decision you can, but are never certain. This is why nanny cams are a good idea. Someone may appear caring and sweet and may be entirely different once the parent is gone. So to say parents should just stay home with their own kids is a great idea and the ideal situation for most, but many cannot afford it. Before you blame the parents, make sure they even have a choice.

Anonymous said...

Nanny cams are no substitute for runnung background checks, cheching references, word-of-mouth, and trusting one's caregiver. Come home a little early or conduct spot checks if need be, and use your powers of observation: is your child acting normally after receiving care from your caregiver? Use common sense and look for any unexplained, out of the ordinary bumps and bruises or excessive sleepiness.
Vigilance is important even with a trusted caregiver, but the tools all exist within you already.

Bryan said...

While it is better to have a nanny cam than nothing, I agree with you that electronics are no substitute for parental vigilance. In some cases, a nanny cam can help you discover that an abusive person is looking after your kids, but it only works AFTER abuse of some kind has taken place already! You don't want your children to be abused in the first place because they'll have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives, so that's why I agree with you. Parents need to do everything possible to prevent abuse from taking place, not just act quickly when they discover abuse is taking place.

Anonymous said...

Nanny cams are not the answer to childcare scrutiny. I wouldn't dream of leaving my child with a stranger! Even the people you know should arouse scrutiny when it comes to the welfare of your children! Sure, a nanny cam might be good for recording abuse, but how do you undo the harm, after the fact?
A nanny cam just records events, it doesn't stop them from happening!

lily said...

Its ture that nany cam may tell you what happened behind your back. But you will only know after it has happened. I wouldn't trust the scenario of leaving my child alone in the house with a stranger, nany cam or no nany cam. If I had to go to work, I'll rather put her in a child care, where there are many care givers as well as many children. I really don't think nany cams are the way to ensure the scurity of your child.

Elliot said...

I agree with the first comment...growing up with a nanny I had suffered emotional stress at a very young age. After my mother died my father had hired a nanny for us. Unbeknownst to our father this lady would abuse us four boys physically and verbally. So when I read this article I "Nanny cams are not life savers!wake up!" I feel that this is not the voice of a working parent. This is a very very ignorant comment. What if a mother who works on a low budget cannot afford to constantly look after her child? One might say that she should quit her job and let her husband do the work. Okay well what if she does not have a husband? Well lily said that we should put children in a child care center where there is a caretaker and other children. That sounds like a good idea lily but I think you forgot that child care costs MONEY. Lily you may say that the mother should take that money out of her paycheck to put the child in a day care. Saying this is equivalent to saying that the family should not eat for a couple of months. Maybe the family should just starve. Or maybe the mother should stop paying her rent on the apartment she is living in. So now she can live out on the streets in the cold with her little baby and die. Or maybe she should just stop paying her electric bill and the family should just forget about everyday living. Is that what you are saying Lily and Bryan. I strongly don't believe that you are saying this. What I am saying is that you need to look outside your little bubble and look at this with different eyes. Step into someone else's shoes. So what is the lower class working mother supposed to do now? She has no choice but to go to work and pray to God day and night that the lady she has hired for a nanny will suit the job. And yes Bryan the mother should have a vigilant eye on her children as any parent should just in case she spots something out of the ordinary