Home security is now more than alarms ringing.
As part of its “monitoring” program, security companies are now advertising to add “video” to a home security system. No longer just for the outside front door, a home security package may include monitoring via a “nanny camera”.
One such advertisement, on the back of a home security monitoring bill, suggests that you can enjoy peace of mind if you have a nanny camera. The camera or cameras are hidden in the home, enabling the viewer to remotely view their child at home with the care provider via internet, using a laptop or mobile device. This has been a trend in schools and daycares, and the technology is now affordable enough for individuals.
A quick Google search revealed that nanny cams are apparently popular and can be disclosed in something as innocuous as a clock or an air purifier. It is understandable that parents who are working might want to check in on the status of their children. The question is whether their existence should be revealed to the nanny, who is presumably working in the person’s house with some expectation of privacy. Naturally they would not be placed in a bathroom, but in a living room, kitchen or child’s bedroom. But what if the nanny decides to use one of those rooms to change?
It seems more parents are using clandestine in-home surveillance devices to monitor their children’s caregivers. The question is whether it is a good idea to do so without warning the nanny.
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