Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nanny Cams- Spying or Protection- Open Book Blog Hop

Welcome to another week of the Open Book Blog Hop, where we talk about a variety of topics and readers can get to know us a little better. This week we're talking about nanny cams.

Up front, I'll tell you I'm prejudiced in this matter. Not only have I seen the horrendous videos of infants and toddlers being abused by adults, I know someone it happened to. And children are the most precious gift we have and we need to take care of them.

If you choose to install a nanny-cam in your own home, more power to you. I do believe you should tell your nanny (or babysitter) about the camera up front, but I don't feel as if your obligated to tell them where it (or they) are aimed. Or if you move it.(More about this later)

Nanny cams didn't exist when my children were little, and I rarely had babysitters in my home. More often, babysitting was done by relatives I trusted in their homes. I did have a friend of a friend as a babysitter for awhile, but she had her own child just a little older than mine, so it felt "safe." Would I have installed one if I had the opportunity? I don't know. I was much more trusting when I was younger. But my darling husband would have installed one in a heartbeat.He's was, and still is, extremely protective of our kids.

I love the idea that many preschools have of putting cameras in their classrooms and allowing parents to log in at any time to see what's going on. Of course, being a bit of a geek, I also know you have to be careful about how those are configured. Default passwords are never good. (Got a default password on your home equipment? Go change it. Then come back. I'll wait.)

Are you back? Good! So on to the next part of my rant. There are many people who don't understand the security risks of nanny cams that upload directly to storage on the internet. While that's a good idea, you also have to make sure the site where they are stored is trustworthy, and again, password protected. If you didn't know, there are sites out there that are devoted to finding webcams that aren't secured and that anyone can control. You don't want some random internet stranger watching you and your precious little one by the camera you installed and didn't take the time to set up correctly.

Nanny cams come in all shapes and sizes these days, and I fully understand why a parent wouldn't want to reveal that they had one to a babysitter. After all, the babysitter might figure out where all the "dead" spots are where they can misbehave without being filmed.  But I also believe the babysitter has the right to know if they are being filmed. A sitter has to have the expectation that they can behave normally and not have those pictures end up as a you-tube video. (What if the sitter wants to lift her shirt and adjust her bra? Or a male sitter has to adjust another part of the body?)  Balancing the opposing rights of the two parties is a sticky situation.

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