A lot of dual income households are left with no other option except to leave their kids in the hands of a family care giver or a nanny. Even with meticulous screening and strong endorsements of referrals, parents couldn’t help worrying about their children and checking on them from time to time. Aside from mobile phones and online chats, parents can also keep an eye on their kids through hidden cameras or nanny cameras. Having these surveillance devices around the house is quite common already but parents should still consider their decision carefully before installing a hidden nanny camera at home.
The usual reason for having a hidden camera around the house is for parents to monitor their kids and to check on the nanny’s performance in their absence. Parents should first be familiar with surveillance laws or use of cameras in the house before using them. Although considered legal in 50 states in the US, videos with voice recordings without the person’s consent is deemed illegal in some states. There are also privacy issues that may arise depending on where the camera is placed. This will have a bearing on the type of surveillance device that can be used in the house as well as their locations. Parents who want accurate monitoring should go for high-end products with better resolution quality and real-time feeds.
Another consideration is whether to disclose the presence of hidden cameras in the house to your nanny. Homeowners are not obligated to inform their employees about these hidden devices but they have the option to do so. The International Nanny Association recommends that the employers discuss the use of hidden camera in the house to their nanny prior to employment. Discussing it with them beforehand gives them an option to take the job or decline it before you make any long term plans with them. This will also minimize the risk of losing a good nanny who may take offense against being filmed without consent. In a way, these devices can also be used to prevent abuse or neglect of duty from the nanny. Knowing that they are being watched during their work hours will make them think twice about fooling around.